Airport protestors make their ‘case’
Anti-Heathrow groups protest to the PM
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