Message to Heathrow a loud and clear ‘no’
Hundreds gather at protest rally against third runway
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.