Protest, Protest, Protest against a 3rd Runway
Thousands of people flocked to October’s rally in Parliament Square to call on the Government not to give the go-ahead to a 3rd runway at Heathrow.
During the rally they heard all five London Mayoral candidates – Conservatives, Labour, Greens, Liberal Democrats and UKIP – endorse the call.
Meanwhile dozens more showed their opposition with a flash mob in the airport’s Terminal Two in November.
Over 50 people, from both local and national campaign groups, turned up at the busy terminal revealing red t-shirts and chanting their slogan of “No Third Runway.”
The Government is expected to announce a decision on which runway to support by the end of the year.
The speakers at October’s rally also included 84 year old local resident Mrs Taylor who has lived in the Heathrow villages all her life and who might lose her home if a third runway goes ahead – see our Flickr page for pictures.
The Flickr page also has great photos of other events which have been taking place – check it out to see the range of protests that have been taking place
An independent Mori Poll shows that just 13.2% of Britons back a third runway at Heathrow.
There’s Cabinet opposition to a 3rd Runway
“London’s role as an international air transport hub can be maintained without additional runways at Heathrow. A second runway at Gatwick, plus enhanced transport links between the airports and better transport links to London will create a “virtual” hub airport, maintaining Heathrow’s role in the local economy without expanding it.” Phillip Hammond, Foreign Secretary
“I do not believe there is a case to build a further runway at Heathrow when more economic and less invasive solutions to our nation’s airport capacity problem are available”. Greg Hands, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
“It does seem that the Airports Commission have recommended a Heathrow third runway option that is the most expensive, noisiest, most polluting and damaging to health, most disruptive to build, and riskiest in terms of deliverability. It also provides less new capacity compared to Gatwick in terms of extra flights”. Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers is a firm opponent.
Home Secretary Theresa May has argued against a third runway.
Help us by joining our cause and helping the campaign against a third runway here.
Residents speak out
Watch one Sipson resident’s plea for politicians to come to the villages to see where their decision will have most impact:
And there is serious opposition with the cabinet to a third runway. At least 5 cabinet misters are opposed to it.
People have joined HACAN at a faster rate since the Airports Commission recommended a 3rd runway than at any other time in our long history.
They know there are 250,000 good reasons oppose a third runway.
HACAN is not a direct action organisation but we will be campaigning hard to persuade David Cameron to keep his promise, ‘No ifs; no buts; there will be no third runway’ when he announces his decision in November.
Keep checking the website for details of campaigning events.
The obstacles to a 3rd runway remain enormous:
– Noise disturbing more people than any other airport in Europe
– Air Pollution levels hovering above the EU legal limits
– Thousands of people facing eviction from their homes
– Millions of pounds of public money required to upgrade the roads network
– And the prospect of the biggest environmental battle in Europe
Residents will not be quiet
As Hacan’s new YouTube series proves, residents across London and beyond are affected by Heathrow noise and the threat of expansion.
View the new video series in the player below, or click ‘Playlist‘ to browse the collection
HACAN campaigns to stop further expansion of Heathrow and to cut the noise people hear from the existing airport. Find out more here.