‘Dis­as­trous run­way a threat to our lives’

MP urges peo­ple to at­tend meet­ings about ex­pan­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

JOHN McDon­nell is invit­ing res­i­dents to hear about the ‘dis­as­trous’ ef­fects a third run­way could have on those liv­ing in his con­stituency.

Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion (SHE) or­gan­ised the meet­ings as they say Hayes and West Drayton will be­come the new ‘front line’ in the fight against fur­ther Heathrow ex­pan­sion, if a third run­way is given the go ahead.

Mr McDon­nell, MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton, said: “I am urg­ing lo­cal peo­ple to at­tend our se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings so that they can hear the lat­est up­date on the third run­way pro­posal.

“It’s crit­i­cal that our lo­cal com­mu­nity is fully alert to this dis­as­trous threat to our homes, schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

“We can­not stand by and let our en­vi­ron­ment be de­stroyed to bol­ster the prof­its of the for­eign own­ers of Heathrow Air­port.”

SHE say that the lat­est pol­lu­tion maps in­di­cated that it is in these ar­eas that pol­lu­tion mon­i­tors are reg­is­ter­ing above EU lim­its.

This in­cludes mon­i­tors at both Keats Way, in West Drayton, and the junc­tion of North Hyde Gar­dens and North Hyde Road, in Hayes, which are show­ing high lev­els of ni­tro­gen diox­ide from traf­fic, much of which is gen­er­ated by Heathrow

lev­els and busi­nesses.

Chris­tine Tay­lor of SHE said: “The high lev­els of pol­lu­tion recorded in West Drayton and Hayes are shock­ing.

“It’s scan­dalous that the air­port hasn’t re­solved this se­ri­ous is­sue but con­tin­ues to push for a third run­way.

“Our pub­lic meet­ings will give res­i­dents a chance to take ac­tion.”

There are two meet­ings you can at­tend, where shadow chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell will be among the speak­ers:

Thurs­day April 21, 8pm at Hayes and Har­ling­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Al­bert Road, Hayes UB3 4HR.

Thurs­day May 26, 8pm at St Matthews Church, High Street, Yiewsley UB7 7QH.

A first meet­ing was held last night.

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John McDon­nell MP and SHE’s Chris­tine Tay­lor

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