‘Don’t make it a grim year for West Lon­don’ plea to MPs

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HEATHROW pro­test­ers planted 2,000 black pa­per planes out­side Par­lia­ment this week to high­light the ‘grim year’ res­i­dents can ex­pect if a third run­way is granted.

Around 70 peo­ple took part in the ac­tion at West­min­ster‘s Vic­to­ria Gar­dens on Tues­day, Jan­uary 5, the day MPs re­turned to work.

Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise led the event and were joined by peace­ful pro­test­ers from Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion, Chiswick against Third Run­way and Eal­ing Noise Ac­tion Group.

They were also ac­com­pa­nied by en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign group Friends of the Earth and other res­i­dents liv­ing around the air­port.

Cam­paigner Robert Barn­stone said: “We want to re­mind the MPs this year not to make it too grim for those liv­ing in West Lon­don.

“We were cer­tainly more pos­i­tive be­fore Christ­mas than we would have been had they sup­ported the de­ci­sion, but the pos­i­tiv­ity is now met with the re­al­ity that it will be de­cided this year.”

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Pa­trick McLough­lin an­nounced in De­cem­ber a de­ci­sion would be de­ferred un­til at least the sum­mer due to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

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