Tory del­e­gates get a rude awak­en­ing at con­fer­ence

Anti-third run­way protesters hand out a taste of air­port life

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TORY MPs at­tend­ing their party con­fer­ence in Manch­ester last week were given a rude awak­en­ing from Heathrow protesters.

Cam­paign­ers from Plane Stupid, who op­pose ex­pan­sion at Heathrow Air­port, blasted recorded air­craft noise out­side a ho­tel where del­e­gates were stay­ing at 4.30am.

They said they wanted to give politi­cians a taste of daily life for those liv­ing un­der the air­port’s flight paths.

Neil Kev­eren, who lives near the air­port, used a sound sys­tem hid­den in a wheelie bin to dis­rupt the sleep of con­fer­ence del­e­gates stay­ing at The Mid­land Ho­tel in Manch­ester.

San­dra Davis, who also lives close to Heathrow, said: “We want to send a clear mes­sage to Tory MPs, stay­ing just over the road, that a de­ci­sion be­fore Christ­mas to give the green light to Heathrow’s third run­way will be met with fierce re­sis­tance to save the fu­ture of our com­mu­ni­ties en­vi­ron­ment.

“The air my fam­ily are breath­ing is al­ready over the le­gal pol­lu­tion limit with two run­ways.

“A third run­way would mean an ex­tra 250,000 flights a year us­ing Heathrow, only homes,

and ex­ac­er­bat­ing heart-re­lated linked to flights.”

The stunt on Tues­day morn­ing fol­lowed another anti-third run­way demon­stra­tion on Mon­day out­side the ho­tel, where protesters un­veiled a gi­ant model plane em­bla­zoned with the lung and

dis­eases words: ‘No third run­way, no ifs, no buts’ -a re­minder of David Cameron’s pledge be­fore the 2010 elec­tion.

The Air­ports Com­mis­sion ear­lier this year rec­om­mended a third run­way at Heathrow, sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions, and the Gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to an­nounce its plans for avi­a­tion ex­pan­sion be­fore Christ­mas.

The an­nounce­ment that Lord An­drew Ado­nis will lead a Na­tional In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion, will fuel spec­u­la­tion the Gov­ern­ment in­tends to give Heathrow ex­pan­sion the go-ahead.

Lord Ado­nis was trans­port sec­re­tary for the Labour gov­ern­ment from 2009 to 2010 and is a prom­i­nent sup­porter of a third run­way at Heathrow.

n PROTEST: Mem­bers of Plane Stupid, the cam­paign group op­posed to Heathrow ex­pan­sion, un­veiled a huge model plane out­side the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Manch­ester

n ROW: Del­e­gates were hit with air­craft noise at 4.30am

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