WHAT A JOURNEY
Now 100,000 supporters for Back Heathrow
It’s been less than two years since our campaign was launched and every day more local people are joining us. Set up in response to those who wanted to put forward a more positive view of the airport, Back Heathrow has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the UK’s fastest growing campaigns.
Until Back Heathrow was formed the silent majority of local people who support expansion didn’t have a voice. People who wanted a bright future for their families and communities, with good jobs, prosperity and security were largely left out of the discussion. Independent polls consistently showed that residents surrounding the airport do support expansion but, until our campaign took off, the debate was dominated by those who didn’t share this view.
From a starting point of a few hundred people, Back Heathrow soon grew into a movement of thousands. We thought it was great when 20,000 people said they supported our campaign. It wasn’t long before things really took off with over 50,000 people saying ‘Yes’ to expansion. By the start of this year this number had exploded to 80,000 as we told the UK Airports Commission that the true voice of the silent majority in favour of Heathrow was silent no more.
The best was yet to come – 100,000. That’s how many people are now supporting our campaign. It is amazing and just goes to show how local people and communities want a positive voice for our airport’s future. At Back Heathrow we’d like to say one simple thing – thank you!