Plane Stupid protest

Se­ries of im­ages show plans for roads, ter­mi­nals and busi­ness parks

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

ANTI-Heathrow ex­pan­sion protesters have tar­geted the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Manch­ester.

Plane Stupid cam­paign­ers teamed up with cli­mate change ac­tivists to un­veil a ‘No Ifs, No Buts, No Third Run­way’ aero­plane to re­mind Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron of his past prom­ise on the is­sue.

Bryan Tom­lin­son, of Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion (SHE), said: “The gov­ern­ment may ig­nore public opin­ion and try to force Heathrow ex­pan­sion on the peo­ple of Lon­don and the south-east.

“We all need to re­mind Par­lia­ment that they work for us and not tax-avoid­ing off­shore in­vestors.”

SHE is urg­ing peo­ple who ob­ject to ex­pan­sion to join in a na­tional demon­stra­tion at Par­lia­ment Square on Satur­day at 11am.

He added: “We al­ready suf­fer illegal lev­els of air pol­lu­tion and more peo­ple are af­fected by ex­ces­sive Heathrow noise than all com­pa­ra­ble air­ports in Europe put to­gether.

“This Satur­day is our op­por­tu­nity to be heard.”

‘What an ex­panded Heathrow could look like’

NEW pic­tures have been re­leased of what an ex­panded Heathrow Air­port could look like if plans for a third run­way get the go-ahead.

The artist im­pres­sions show the 3,200m stretch to the west of Ter­mi­nal 5, with new ho­tel de­vel­op­ments to re­place what would be lost to the run­way.

An un­der­ground pas­sen­ger sys­tem to cut down travel times be­tween ter­mi­nals has also been pro­posed.

A state­ment re­leased by the air­port bosses said the new plans could be a cat­a­lyst for an M25 with 14 lanes, as well as give the air­port the 2040 peo­ple ca­pac­ity they think it needs.

“Our pro­posal also com­ple­ments ex­ist­ing plans al­ready in place to bet­ter con­nect Heathrow and the UK,” a spokesman said. “This means that by the time a third run­way is op­er­a­tional, new rail ser­vices to the north, east, south and west are due to be de­liv­ered.”

The im­pres­sions un­veil two main pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nals called Heathrow West, which will in­clude Ter­mi­nal 5 and 6 and trans­port hubs, and Heathrow East, an ex­tended Ter­mi­nal 2.

Ac­cord­ing to the air­port’s most re­cent fig­ures, a three-run­way Heathrow would push up the num­ber of flights a year to 740,000 and cre­ate routes to new des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing cities in China.

The plans have re­ceived op­po­si­tion from cam­paign­ers in Sip­son, Har­mondsworth and Har­ling­ton who, last month, un­veiled a plas­tic run­way out­side prop­er­ties owned by Heathrow bosses to high­light their con­cerns.

Those who have openly crit­i­cised the plans in re­cent weeks in­clude UKIP Hilling­don’s Cliff Dixon and Tran­si­tion Heathrow, a group of ac­tivists who have pledged to raise aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age they be­lieve the ex­pan­sion would cause.

■ PROTEST: Plane Stupid cam­paign­ers out­side the Tory Con­fer­ence in Manch­ester

n BIG PLANS: A se­ries of artist’s im­pres­sions of how an ex­panded Heathrow could look, in­clud­ing the pro­posed busi­ness parks, top left, and new cen­tral ter­mi­nal area above and right, ho­tels, above left, and roads which would change the land­scape

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