We’ll fight on despite verdict on Heathrow
WWII veteran and wife left furious by compulsory purchase reminder
A HARMONDSWORTH woman has been “incensed” after receiving a letter reminding her of a compulsory purchase order, just 90 minutes after the Davies Commission’s decision on Heathrow expansion was announced.
Armelle Thomas, of Cambridge Close, said she is in a “fighting mood” after the news that the Airport commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, had recommended that Heathrow Airport be allowed to build a third runway.
Mrs Thomas and her husband Tommy, a 93-year old WWII veteran, face their home being bulldozed if the north-west runway goes ahead. She says there is “no way” they’d consider leaving the village her husband “fell in love with” when he first moved there in 1964.
Mrs Thomas, ( pictured) said: “It’s not so much the letter which I found shocking, it’s that they delivered it in 90 minutes to our door. The letter has probably gone worldwide now because I was so incensed it was all over the media.”
She added: “If they actually try to bulldoze my husband, who by then will be 97, we’ll be standing outside and we’ll see what happens. We have no intention of moving. My husband has the right to die in this house and I promised him as much. A promise made is a promise kept.”
French-born Mr Thomas volunteered at RAF Uxbridge aged 17 and renounced his dual nationality to fight for Great Britain during WWII in the 161 Special Duties Squadron based at Tempsford.
He was awarded the Légion D’honneur for courage by the French government in 1991. Mrs Thomas said: “It’s very easy to remember the dead but not the living. My husband is a veteran who fought for this country and now he’s going to lose his home. It’s on his mind all the time. He’s already had a heart attack and two strokes due to pollution, noise and stress and it’s destroying the quality of life that he deserves.”
Heathrow’s sustainability and environment director, Matt Gorman, said expansion would deliver 80,000 new jobs and added: “For those living close to the area who face losing their homes, we take this very seriously and have offered a very generous compensation package.”
Hayes and Harlington MP, John McDonnell, accused the Commission of failing to take account of the “heartbreak” caused by its recommendations and pledged to fight on. Mr McDonnell has convened a meeting at 7.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Heathrow Primary School, Sipson.