Pro­test­ers make their Heathrow feel­ings plane

Cam­paign­ers against third run­way stage ironic cel­e­bra­tion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan O’Dono­van ryan.o’dono­van@trin­i­tymir­

DOZENS of pro­test­ers gath­ered on bank hol­i­day Mon­day to plant 783 black planes to sym­bol­ise the num­ber of homes that would be de­mol­ished to make way for a new run­way at the vil­lage green in Har­mondsworth.

A Mr Noisy book and a toy demolition truck were among the presents brought in by anti-third run­way cam­paign­ers at a ‘cel­e­bra­tion’ of Heathrow’s 70th birth­day.

CAM­PAIGN­ERS against a third run­way at Heathrow held a ‘cel­e­bra­tion’ for the air­port’s 70th birth­day on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

The Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise (HACAN) held the event on the High Street in Har­mondsworth, which is threat­ened with de­struc­tion should the new run­way be given to go-ahead.

At mid­day, 70 red ‘no third run­way’ bal­loons were re­leased from the green in the vil­lage, while 738 black planes were planted to sym­bol­ise the num­ber of homes that will be de­mol­ished to make way for the run­way.

There was also a tour of the vil­lage and a walk of the route of the new run­way, while John McDon­nell, MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton and Shadow Chan­cel­lor, was amongst a num­ber of at­ten­dees who gave speeches at the event.

John Ste­wart, chair of HACAN, said: “We want to show that while we are not against Heathrow air­port, we want to high­light the fact that we be­lieve that on its 70th birth­day it shouldn’t grow any more be­cause of its down­sides.

“These in­clude not only the de­struc­tion of homes but also noise over a wide area and air po­lu­tion.”

Cam­paign­ers were also en­cour­aged to bring gifts for Heathrow, whose of­fi­cial birth­day was yes­ter­day (Tues­day), and so far HACAN have re­ceived a Mr Noisy Mr Men book, a Match­box dig­ger and a blank cheque for Heathrow.

Speak­ing be­fore the event, Mr Ste­wart added: “I’ve been given a Mr Noisy book and a blank cheque for Heathrow be­cause the per­son be­lieves that the whole thing will be so ex­pen­sive that they’ll need to be given a blank cheque by the Govern­ment.

“I think ev­ery­one will bring some­thing and if they do the next day we’ll prob­a­bly go down to BAA’s head­quar­ters which is just down the road from Har­mondsworth and de­liver all the gifts to them.”

n BIRTH­DAY SPEAKER: John McDon­nell, Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP, joined the cam­paign­ers at the 70th birth­day ‘cel­e­bra­tion’ for Heathrow on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day May 30

n BEAR­ING GIFTS: John Ste­wart, chair of HACAN, said the gifts to mark Heathrow’s an­niver­sary in­cluded a Mr Noisy Mr Man book and a Match­box dig­ger

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