Thou­sands at­tend rally against Heathrow’s third run­way

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

PEO­PLE op­posed to a third run­way at Heathrow de­scended on cen­tral Lon­don at the week­end to show their op­po­si­tion.

Politi­cians, may­oral can­di­dates from ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties and peo­ple who will be af­fected by the pro­pos­als at­tended the rally, in Par­lia­ment Square, in Westminster on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 10).

From the minute the rally started at just be­fore 11am un­til 12.30pm when it ended, the Westminster Abbey bells rang non-stop and threat­ened to drown out the speak­ers.

De­spite this John Stewart, chair of HACAN, the cam­paign group op­pos­ing the third run­way, felt it was “very suc­cess­ful”.

He added: “I think there were be­tween 3,000 and 4,000 here.

“It sent a very strong mes­sage to David Cameron that there re­mains a lot of op­po­si­tion to a third run­way at Heathrow.”

Neil Kev­eren, who lives in Har­mondsworth and could lose his home if a third run­way is built, added: “It was a good rally with some won­der­ful speak­ers. Peo­ple here are very pos­i­tive. They are adamant it won’t go ahead.”

And Bryan Tom­lin­son of Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion said: “We have to leave a planet fit for our chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to live free from deadly air pol­lu­tion and over­flown by 260,000 ex­tra flights which is a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Speak­ers at the rally in­cluded Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell, the Labour MP for Hayes & Har­ling­ton, and Twick­en­ham MP Ta­nia Mathias, who drew a loud cheer when she pointed out that the de­ci­sion on ex­pan­sion is due in De­cem­ber, and added: “We must re­mind the Gov­ern­ment that this third run­way would be for life, not just for Christ­mas.”

Lon­don May­oral con­tenders Zac Gold­smith MP (Con­ser­va­tives), Sadiq Khan MP (Labour), Sian Berry (Green), Caro­line Pid­geon (Lib Dem) and Peter Whit­tle (UKIP) were present, as was John Sau­ven, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Green­peace and Gina Par­i­har of Friends of the Earth.

n PROTEST: Thou­sands gath­ered for the anti-third run­way rally in Par­lia­ment Square

Photos by Les Wil­liams www.buyapho­ WL156179

n SPEAK­ERS: Zac Gold­smith, top left, Sian Berry, top right, and Sadiq Khan, above

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