Noisy protest gives runway warn­ing

MP and anti-ex­pan­sion cam­paign­ers play air­craft sounds match­ing planned fre­quency

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A VAN re­mind­ing David Cameron of his prom­ise for no third runway at Heathrow made noise in Har­mondsworth dur­ing a three-day protest across Lon­don and Sur­rey.

Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP John McDon­nell joined cam­paign­ers and vil­lagers who face los­ing their homes at the stop at Har­mondsworth Vil­lage Green on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4.

The Ad­van, dis­play­ing the Prime Min­is­ter with his prom­ise of ‘no ifs, no buts, no third runway’ was ac­com­pa­nied by scream­ing air­craft noise played at in­ter­vals match­ing the fre­quency res­i­dents would hear, if the ex­pan­sion were to go ahead.

Speak­ing over the din at the Har­mondsworth stop, Mr McDon­nell said: “The noise that we’re hear­ing now pales into in­signif­i­cance in com­par­i­son to what it would be if a third runway went ahead.

“You can imag­ine our chil­dren be­ing taught in lo­cal schools hav­ing to stop teach­ing ev­ery 60 sec­onds as a re­sult of the noise.”

The Labour shadow chan­cel­lor told vil­lagers that he would take le­gal ac­tion if the gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion was a ‘yes’ to a third runway.

He said: “I’m con­fi­dent, just as last time, we’ll be able to win that le­gal ac­tion. And we’ll set them back again.

“There is no way the third runway will be built. There’s no way that we’ll al­low them to blight our homes and de­mol­ish our homes and ren­der 10,000 peo­ple po­ten­tially home­less,

“To­day is one more step in the cam­paign that we will be vic­to­ri­ous in and we must main­tain our de­ter­mi­na­tion to cam­paign against what is, I think, is po­ten­tially one

I’m con­fi­dent, just as last time, we’ll be able to win that le­gal


of the worst devel­op­ments that will im­pact upon our en­vi­ron­ment that the gov­ern­ment could thrust upon us.”

Christine Tay­lor, of Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion (SHE), a spon­sor of the Ad­van, said the cam­paign was to make peo­ple aware of the is­sues they are fac­ing.

She said: “All th­ese cam­paign groups are as an­gry as we were. It’s aware­ness that we’re still fight­ing and we’re not giv­ing up on this.”

Armelle Thomas is fight­ing to keep her home in the vil­lage which her late hus­band Tommy ‘fell in love with’ when he first moved there in 1964.

Tommy Thomas, 93, was an air gun­ner in­volved in se­cre­tive and dan­ger­ous night-time mail pick-up oper­a­tions dur­ing World War Two, and Armelle will be car­ry­ing his pic­ture on ev­ery third runway demonstration, as he fought for his coun­try and to keep his beloved home.

Mrs Thomas said: “We are work­ing to­gether to save this vil­lage be­cause if we lose our bat­tle here, it will be gen­er­a­tions of Lon­don­ers who will ac­tu­ally lose their right to sleep and the noise and pol­lu­tion will af­fect their chil­dren and their chil­dren’s chil­dren.

“Tommy did not go into the air force as a vol­un­teer at 17-and-ahalf to ac­tu­ally leave that kind of legacy.”

n PROTEST: (Above) John McDon­nell MP with cam­paign­ers; (above left) SHE cam­paign­ers; (right) Armelle Thomas

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