Links to air­port are a con­cern

Surrey Herald/News - - LETTERS -

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

Chair­man Run­nymedeAmnesty@

hot­ Tel 01784 434862

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