Cor­rec­tions are the real mis­takes

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

HAV­ING read the con­de­scend­ing quasi cor­rec­tions by Philip Sher­wood (Gazette Nov 30), over my pre­vi­ous let­ter, he says ‘many er­rors’. His own so-called facts, are the real er­rors.

I did not say the air­port started in the 1930s. I said Heathrow did. He clearly has no real knowl­edge of the his­tory of Heathrow.

Heathrow started on the Jan­uary 1 1930 as Heathrow Aero­drome (one of three names used).

Richard Fairy bought the land off of the vicar of Har­monsworth to test air­craft. The Min­istry of Defence req­ui­si­tioned it 1944 with other land for the war ef­fort. It was not needed and in 1945, af­ter the war, it was de­cided to turn it into an air­port, open­ing Jan­uary 1 1946. The first flight was to Buenos Aires.

Fan­tasy? The six run­ways were in the shape of the Star of David, plus an­other one through these mak­ing 7 in to­tal.

These are in the YouTube video ‘1949 Doc­u­men­tary about the Con­struc­tion of Heathrow Air­port’.

He clearly ig­nores that half the coun­try once used kerosene to heat their homes. Hy­dro­car­bons it may be, but it is not highly toxic like diesel or petrol. He chooses to ig­nore the vast road net­work that is re­ally re­spon­si­ble for the toxic pol­lu­tion.

Also, Mr Sher­wood clearly does not know the dif­fer­ence be­tween an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine and a jet en­gine. One uses com­pres­sion and the other uses straight through fan as­sisted open ig­ni­tion. Is he just jump­ing on the pol­lu­tion band wagon clutch­ing at straws with this gi­ant red her­ring? All plas­tics are hy­dro­car­bons, so not all hy­dro­car­bons in use are toxic.

The grow­ing de­bate is over toxic fumes in cen­tral London from buses and taxis from Ox­ford Street to Eus­ton and Kings Cross St Pan­cras (a large num­ber of diesel trains).

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