Graves of loved-ones will not be dis­turbed

Airport chiefs say ceme­tery will be left in peace

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAR­MONDSWORTH ceme­tery will not be dug up in or­der to make way for Heathrow’s third run­way, airport of­fi­cials have claimed.

Af­ter grow­ing fears from vil­lagers that loved ones’ graves at the burial ground next to St Mary’s Church would be de­mol­ished to pave the west London hub’s ex­pan­sion, the ques­tion was put to the airport to con­firm what the pro­pos­als cov­ered.

A Heathrow Airport source told getwest­lon­don: “Any changes to the Har­mondsworth ceme­tery are not part of the pro­pos­als and it will re­main as it is.”

It is not the first dis­pute over uncer­tainty around de­mo­li­tion plans, af­ter British Air­ways chief ex­ec­u­tive Wil­lie Walsh said he not given any for­mal warn­ing of the pro­pos­als, which go straight through the BA of­fices.

He said: “We were never ac­tu­ally in­formed or ad­vised by Heathrow that they in­tended to knock down our head­quar­ters .” This claim was strongly de­nied by the airport.

A “ramp” for planes to take off could be built over the M25 as part of the third run­way plan, trans­port sec­re­tary Chris Grayling said in Oc­to­ber shortly af­ter the gov­ern­ment made its an­nounc­ment.

Mr Grayling said it would be a “cheaper and quicker” op­tion rather than build­ing a tun­nel for the M25 un­der­neath the new run­way.

He in­di­cated the de­ci­sion would mean the least amount of dis­rup­tion for driv­ers.

Mr Grayling said: “It is a cheaper and quicker way of do­ing it.”

HIS­TORIC: A view of St Mary's Church, church­yard and The Great Barn as seen from Har­mondsworth Moor TNL20133892_1

REST IN PEACE: Graves near St Mary's Church in Har­mond­worth High Street will not be dis­turbed to make way for a third run­way at Heathrow

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