Keep the pressure on for Heathrow
SO “No Ifs No Buts” David Cameron has delayed his decision on whether or not to approve a third runway at Heathrow.
This delay is for at least six months, but one suspects it will be longer because the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London (Zac Goldsmith) is a staunch opposer to expansion.
Mr Goldsmith’s objections one feels are based not so much on the huge environmental impact that a third runway would create (we already have appallingly poor air quality locally) but rather on the severe impact this project would have on property prices in and around the exclusive area of Richmond where he and his well heeled chums reside.
Our council leader and his cabinet are allegedly opposed to a third runway at Heathrow but they will find it very difficult to go against Mr Cameron if he approves it.
There is always the possibility of a quid pro quo element to soften the impact, such as some changes to the HS2 project to lessen the impact on the north of the borough where the Hillingdon cabinet and the leader are located.
Mr McDonnell MP and Shadow Chancellor has steadfastly refused to budge on his opposition to a third runway, however I note that both employers and trade unions want a third runway at Heathrow.
The exodus of large numbers of Labour’s top donors will make the party even more reliant on Trade Union support.
All of these shenanigans do not bode well for residents, including Hayes where I reside.
Pollution, noise, congestion on the roads and the very real increased risk of a plane crashing into populated areas are just a couple of things that we should worry about.
I applaud all those who have taken direct action to defend their homes, health and future generations. This project cannot progress if local people keep up the pressure on mass. “locals” with their individual designs and internal décor and curtains which always leant a theatrical feel to the programme.
They were not large Super Cinemas but they had a really homely feel.
The staff wore scarlet uniforms with gold braid and Mr Waterworth the manager at the Astoria and Embassy always looked smart in a dark suit and often a bow tie.
Unlike the awful black outfits they wear now at the Odeon multiplex in Uxbridge which I never go to.
The multiplex cinemas have no atmosphere and the prices of the snacks and so-called meals are exorbitant.
Fortunately we still have reminders of those glamorous cinema days gone by with some buildings still remaining but sadly put to other uses.
For example, the Regal Uxbridge, Savoy Hayes and Odeon Rayners Lane, a prime example of 1930’s art deco.
We won’t be leaving future generations such treasures of cinema architecture.