We’ll fight on de­spite ver­dict on Heathrow

WWII vet­eran and wife left fu­ri­ous by com­pul­sory pur­chase re­minder

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

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.

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