WHAT A JOUR­NEY

Now 100,000 sup­port­ers for Back Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

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!

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