Keep the pres­sure on for Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BERNARD FA­GAN Avon­dale Drive Hayes T.C. LE­MAN Crosier Road Ick­en­ham Mid­dle­sex

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.

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