Walking to save his village
HARMONDSWORTH RESIDENT TREKS 400 MILES TO HIGHLIGHT THREAT OF THIRD RUNWAY
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