Mes­sage to Heathrow a loud and clear ‘no’

Hun­dreds gather at protest rally against third run­way

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A SIM­PLE ‘NO’ was the mes­sage de­liv­ered by hun­dreds of peo­ple at the cross-party rally against a third run­way at Heathrow.

Politi­cians from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum were joined by en­vi­ron­men­tal chiefs, coun­cil lead­ers, busi­ness­men and trade union lead­ers at the cen­tral Lon­don event staged by anti­ex­pan­sion pres­sure group HA­CAN, to pledge their op­po­si­tion to ex­pan­sion at Heathrow air­port.

Among those seated at the Church House Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in West­min­ster were hun­dreds of peo­ple whose homes are threat­ened by a AN Uxbridge choir raised the roof at Lon­don’s Royal Fes­ti­val Hall as part of a Na­tional Choral Com­pe­ti­tion run by chil­dren’s char­ity Barnardo’s.

St He­len’s Col­lege Cham­ber Choir com­peted against 19 other un­der-12s choirs from across the coun­try on Mon­day, March 9. Pupils from the col­lege, in Park­way, sang Joshua Fought the Battle of Jeri­cho, con­ducted by Jill Cre­han and ac­com­pa­nied by Ros Allery.

They lost out to Here­ford Cathe­dral Ju­nior School, which was crowned the new run­way. HA­CAN chair­man John Ste­wart said the event in early March “sent a loud and clear mes­sage to the next Gov­ern­ment: build a new run­way at your peril”.

He added: “The coali­tion which saw it off last time round is still alive, well and fight­ing.”

Labour MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton John McDon­nell, thou­sands of whose con­stituents face the loss of their homes, pre­dicted that any de­ci­sion to go-ahead with a new run­way would win­ner of the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion and now has its own song, writ­ten by Bri­tish con­duc­tor and com­poser Dou­glas Coombes MBE.

Through­out the evening, 26 choirs com­peted for the ju­nior and se­nior choir crowns, raised £35,000 for the char­ity’s work with vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren across the UK.

Jen Priv­ett, UK events manager at Barnardo’s, said: “I would like to thank all the choirs who have per­formed this evening, for the hours of ex­tra work they have put in and for their en­thu­si­asm.” re­sult in the big­gest di­rect ac­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal protest in Europe. In a fight­ing speech, he said: “We will en­force democ­racy. We’ll lie down in front of bull­doz­ers. We’ll pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties. And we will win.” In a pas­sion­ate open­ing speech Tory MP for Rich­mond Park and North Kingston Zac Gold­smith’s mes­sage was: “If any gov­ern­ment thinks they can build it, we will de­feat it.”

He went on to ex­plain the im­pact of an­other 250,000 planes a year on lo­cal A FOR­MER Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal nurse has cel­e­brated her 102nd birth­day.

Mary Lit­tle, a res­i­dent of the BUPA home Clare House in Uxbridge had her birth­day on March 16 and en­joyed a party at the home on March 18.

Mrs Lit­tle was born in New­cas­tle in 1913 – the year of the first Chelsea Flower Show. Dur­ing her life she seen four mon­archs, 19 Prime Min­is­ters and two World Wars.

She mar­ried her hus­band Derek in 1941 and the cou­ple moved to South Ruis­lip af­ter the Sec­ond World War, living hap­pily to­gether for 50 years un­til his death in 1991. She has one daugh­ter and two grand­chil­dren.

Mary worked at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal for 20 years as a nurs­ing aux­il­iary, a role now known as a health care as­sis­tant. She com­mu­ni­ties. Other MPs in at­ten­dance in­cluded Andy Slaugh­ter for Ham­mer­smith, Mary Macleod for Brent­ford and Isle­worth, John Randall for MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip and Adam Afriyie for Wind­sor.

The pro-ex­pan­sion group Back Heathrow com­mented on Twit­ter: “There is op­po­si­tion to Heathrow ex­pan­sion but empty chairs at last night’s run­way rally show protest lead­ers con­tinue to over-state num­bers.”

The Air­ports Com­mis­sion is look­ing into the case for a third run­way at Heathrow or a sec­ond run­way at Gatwick and is ex­pected to make its rec­om­men­da­tion in June.

The next Gov­ern­ment will de­cide whether or not to ac­cept that rec­om­men­da­tion. has been stay­ing at Clare House for two years, and cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day at the home too.

Dur­ing the party an en­ter­tainer per­formed for the res­i­dents, who also en­joyed tea and cake.

Staff at the home, in Hare­field Road, said the grand­mother stills en­joys tak­ing part in many ac­tiv­i­ties, and par­tic­u­larly en­joys danc­ing to Elvis Pres­ley.

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