Walk­ing to save his vil­lage


Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by LOIS SWINNERTON lois.swinnerton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Lois Swinnerton

A HAR­MONDSWORTH res­i­dent has set out on a three-week, 400-mile walk to Edinburgh as he at­tempts to save his vil­lage from be­ing bull­dozed for a third run­way at Heathrow.

On April 4, Neil Kev­eren set out seek­ing a meet­ing with SNP leader Ni­cola Sturgeon in an at­tempt to per­suade her party to vote against a third run­way at Heathrow in par­lia­ment.

A new run­way would mean the de­mo­li­tion of the 11th cen­tury vil­lage of Har­mondsworth.

On the first day, Mr Kev­eren cov­ered 18.6 miles to Che­sham.

John Ste­wart, the chair of HACAN – the Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise, the res­i­dents’ or­gan­i­sa­tion which op­poses a third run­way – said: “Neil Kev­eren will be mak­ing a very hu­man plea to Ni­cola Sturgeon to think again be­fore back­ing a plan that would re­quire the de­mo­li­tion of nearly 800 homes.” Mr Kev­eren, who has lived in the vil­lage all his life, plans to ar­rive in Edinburgh on April 25. He said: “Dur­ing this walk, I hope to per­suade politi­cians across the UK a third run­way at Heathrow will not ben­e­fit UK re­gions.” Cam­paign­ers and res­i­dents gath­ered in Har­mondsworth square to wish the lo­cal builder well. The de­ci­sion on whether to ex­pand Heathrow Air­port will be voted on by par­lia­ment by the end of next year.

Well-wish­ers give Neil Kev­eren, in­set, a send-off

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