Air­port pro­tes­tors make their ‘case’

Anti-Heathrow groups protest to the PM

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

CAM­PAIGN­ERS op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of Heathrow Air­port made their ‘case’ to the Prime Min­is­ter.

On Mon­day, the day be­fore par­lia­ment broke for its sum­mer re­cess, pro­tes­tors gath­ered out­side the Com­mons to pack a suit­case for David Cameron with hol­i­day read­ing ma­te­rial.

They were joined by new Twick­en­ham Tory MP Ta­nia Mathias and vet­eran op­po­nent of Heathrow ex­pan­sion, Baroness Jenny Tonge.

Items packed in the suit­case in­cluded Heat, a cli­mate change book by Ge­orge Monbiot, a video show­ing Har­mondsworth vil­lage – which faces de­mo­li­tion if a third run­way goes ahead – and

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries The Tran­si­tion Hand­book. Or­gan­iser The Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise (HACAN), do­nated Why Noise Mat­ters.

John Stewart, chair­man of HACAN, said: “These groups gives a flavour of the for­mi­da­ble op­po­si­tion David Cameron will face if he gives the green light to a third run­way.”

Green­peace, Friends of the Earth, the Cam­paign for Bet­ter Trans­port, Air­portWatch, the Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­ment Fed­er­a­tion, Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion, the Rich­mond Heathrow Cam­paign, Eal­ing Noise Ac­tion Group and Com­mu­ni­ties Against In­creased Air­craft Noise (CAIAN) also sup­ported the pub­lic­ity stunt. THE an­nual Bri­tish Air­ways (BA) Fun Run is tak­ing place in Har­mondsworth to­mor­row (Thurs­day) for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Hun­dreds of run­ners are ex­pected at Water­side, in Ac­com­mo­da­tion Lane, from 3pm.

The Lit­tle Legs for Life race (for chil­dren aged 10 and un­der) starts at 4.30pm and the main, 5km event kicks-off at 5.30pm. X Fac­tor’s Jack Wal­ton will be there and dance group Twist & Pulse, from Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, will per­form.

There will also be fair­ground rides, a bouncy castle and face-paint­ing.

Mary Barry, BA’s man­ager for com­mu­nity in­vest­ment, said: “The Bri­tish Air­ways Fun Run has sup­ported Can­cer Re­search for many years now and the race con­tin­ues to grow each year. We hope even more peo­ple will get in­volved to sup­port this wor­thy cause.”

Last year, more than 300 adults took up the chal­lenge and raised more than £11,000 for the char­ity.

To join in this year’s event, call 08701 602040. En­try costs £10 for adults and £5 for chil­dren.

n TAKE A BOW: The Stage­coach Theatre Arts Uxbridge show­case at the week­end


n READY TO RUN: Hun­dreds of run­ners are ex­pected at to­mor­row’s Bri­tish Air­ways Fun Run, in Har­mondsworth Photo by Nick Mor­rish/Bri­tish Air­ways

n BEACH READS: Anti-Heathrow Air­port ex­pan­sion pro­tes­tors, in­clud­ing green cam­paigner, Ge­orge Monbiot pack a suit­case with sum­mer read­ing for Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron out­side par­lia­ment Supplied

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