Protest, Protest, Protest against a 3rd Runway
11th May: Heathrow reveals the conditions it would accept if a 3rd Runway was given the go-ahead: read the details and HACAN’s comments – http://hacan.org.uk/heathrow-rules-out-4th-runway-and-gets-tougher-on-night-flights-in-effort-to-secure-a-3rd-runway/
A final decision on new runways has been postponed until at least July of this year.
NEW: Short Briefing Booklet Heathrow 3rd Runway and video on why a 3rd runway could curtail growth a airports outside London and the South East.
30th May: ‘Celebrate’ Heathrow’s 70th Birthday
Midday, High St Harmondsworth – outside the historic Five Bells Pub, UB7 0AQ.
- 70 ‘No 3rd Runway’ birthday balloons will be released.
- There will be music, a few speeches, refreshments and a chance to walk part of the route of the proposed new runway.
- And everybody is encouraged to bring a birthday present for Heathrow which will be kept safe overnight and delivered to them on their official birthday the next day.
Leaflet for event (pdf): Heathrow’s 70th Birthday
Why a 3rd runway is undeliverable
7 easy-to-read briefing sheets spelling out the 7 reasons why a 3rd runway cannot be delivered
PLANE STUPID Activists given suspended sentences: The 13 Plane Stupid activists (pictured above on the HACAN Advan) who occupied the runway at Heathrow in July were each given jail sentences of 6 weeks, suspended for a year, plus community service at Willesden Magistrates Court on 24th February.
Away from the 3rd runway there is some encouraging news on flight paths emerging. Check out the flight path tab on the left and have a look at our latest blog: http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=470
Our Flickr page has great photos of pictures of recent campaigning events – 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.