Post boxes lat­est weapon for air­port

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JOHN STE­WART Chair­man of HACAN

POST boxes have started to ap­pear in the ter­mi­nals at Heathrow Air­port urg­ing cus­tomers to ‘help us ex­pand Heathrow’.

They coin­cide with the fi­nal pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­ing held by the Air­ports Com­mis­sion, which is look­ing at whether a third run­way should be built at Heathrow or a sec­ond one at Gatwick.

The com­mis­sion’s fi­nal re­port will be pub­lished after May’s gen­eral elec­tion.

The next gov­ern­ment will need to de­cide whether to ac­cept or re­ject its rec­om­men­da­tions.

Lo­cal peo­ple alerted us to th­ese post boxes. They are quite at­trac­tive but I sus­pect they are not there just to be dec­o­ra­tive.

It seems as if Heathrow is us­ing pas­sen­gers as a weapon in its fight to get a third run­way.

Ques­tions are be­ing asked by cam­paign­ers whether pas­sen­gers are be­ing handed forms as they come off their planes for them to send to Heathrow or put into the post boxes.

I sus­pect Heathrow may have mis­cal­cu­lated.

The Air­ports Com­mis­sion will be more in­ter­ested in solid ar­gu­ments rather than in sift­ing through forms found in post­ing boxes dot­ted around Heathrow’s last chance sa­loon.

Neil Kev­eren, who chairs SHE (Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion), has said: “Th­ese post boxes il­lus­trate the David and Go­liath of this bat­tle.

“We are fight­ing in our spare time to stop our homes be­ing knocked down and our com­mu­ni­ties de­stroyed while Heathrow Air­port is not only able to spend mil­lions but use pas­sen­gers from around the globe that have lit­tle in­ter­est in com­mu­ni­ties such as ours.”

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