Links to airport are a concern
ONE point needs adding to Charlotte Tobitt’s otherwise excellent and comprehensive report ( Herald & News, September 18) on the recent meeting in Stanwell regarding Heathrow expansion, This is the concern that was expressed regarding the proposed ‘southern rail access’ to the airport.
While in general terms there may be an argument for this, there is considerable concern in Stanwell that what we are looking at is merely a warmed up version of the discredited Airtrack scheme. The map on page 35 of Heathrow’s Taking Britain Further booklet shows that the authors envisage a direct link from the airport to Staines – a route that would almost inevitably mean going to through Stanwell or Stanwell Moor. This of course, as was pointed out at the meeting, would put all the other concerns – flood pit, car park and incinerator – in the shade.
As a matter of urgency, we need a commitment from Spelthorne and Surrey that they will oppose any such plan to the utmost. ANDREW MCLUSKEY Diamedes Avenue
Staines from 2.30pm to 5pm – and a workshop on Amnesty International’s new campaign, Stop Torture, takes place on Wednesday October 8 at 8pm. These will enable you to find out more about your local Amnesty International group and how you can support its work. We’ll be describing the work of the Runnymede group, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet local members from the area. The venue for both open events will be the United Church, in High Street, Egham – a five-minute walk from the station. Refreshments will be provided. Please let me know if you plan to come along (if possible by email before each event) so we have a rough idea of number. We hope to see you at one, or better still both, of these events. AVID MATTHEWS
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