Chil­dren show run­way mes­sage

Flags on pa­rade as res­i­dents say no to ex­pan­sion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HEATHROW Vil­lagers and their chil­dren staged a march and un­furled mu­rals they made - declar­ing ‘home is where the art is’ – in a show of de­fi­ance against a Third Run­way.

HEATHROW Vil­lagers and their chil­dren cre­ated mu­rals and flags and staged a march through Har­mondsworth and Har­ling­ton to send a mes­sage to air­port bosses: ‘hands off our com­mu­nity’.

Art­works cre­ated by young­sters were dis­played on lamp­posts as part of op­po­si­tion to a third Heathrow run­way which would re­sult in de­mo­li­tion of hun­dreds of homes.

The event on Fri­day May 29 was timed to co­in­cide with the end of a con­sul­ta­tion on air qual­ity, in which Heathrow Air­port in­sisted data showed it could safely ex­pand while keep­ing lo­cal air qual­ity within legal lim­its.

Rose Wood, co-founder of com­mu­nity group Harts (Heathrow Arts) said: “The show of com­mu­nity spirit was in­cred­i­ble. This is our home and com­mu­nity and we’re not go­ing to let the air­port try and ex­pand in our home.

“The chil­dren loved the flag-mak­ing and they loved the whole day. It’s in­cred­i­bly em­pow­er­ing for them to see their work up on the roads in their vil­lages in their com­mu­nity.”

A pa­rade took place from the green at Har­mondsworth to St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall in Har­ling­ton where cel­e­bra­tions and speeches took place. Speak­ing on the day, John Ste­wart, chair of HA­CAN, said: “The colour­ful pa­rade through Har­mondsworth and the other vil­lages showed just how much lo­cal peo­ple value their com­mu­ni­ties.

“If a third run­way goes ahead at Heathrow at least 700 homes would be de­mol­ished and peo­ple in the re­main­ing houses will be faced with a life­time of pol­lu­tion and noise.

“To­day showed they have the spirit to re­sist it.”

Harts are look­ing for artists and lo­cals to get in­volved in more com­mu­nity projects in­clud­ing mu­rals.

If you’re in­ter­ested email com­mu­ni­ty­harts@

FLY­ING THE FLAG: Chil­dren join in a protest against a third run­way at Heathrow

Photo by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­ WL153386

Pho­tos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­ WL153386

n PREPA­RA­TIONS: Ev­ery­one gath­ers for the pa­rade to Har­ling­ton. Above and be­low, prepa­ra­tions for the pa­rade and the art work cre­ated by chil­dren and dis­played on lamp­posts

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