Campaigners Build New Alliances to Stop Plans to Expand Heathrow

Pressure group HACAN ClearSkies today revealed that over the last year Heathrow residents have built up
links with a variety of campaign groups, including the radical direct action movement Earth First!, as part
of their campaign to stop further expansion at the airport. The news comes the day after the Treasury
confirmed that Gordon Brown was looking afresh at ways of expanding Heathrow.

“We’ve stopped speaking to the Department for Transport. We’ve started speaking
to Earth First!”

Pressure group HACAN ClearSkies today revealed that over the last year Heathrow residents have built up
links with a variety of campaign groups, including the radical direct action movement Earth First!, as part
of their campaign to stop further expansion at the airport. The news comes the day after the Treasury
confirmed that Gordon Brown was looking afresh at ways of expanding Heathrow (1).

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN ClearSkies, said, “There will be the mother of all battles if the Government
tries to expand Heathrow.”
And, Stewart stressed, that this was not just empty rhetoric. He explained that over the last year local
residents have met with a large number of environmental groups, including direct action campaigners from
Earth First! and Rising Tide. Direct Action training sessions for residents have been held, with more
planned for this year.

Stewart said, “For the last two years we have systematically built up alliances across the board in
preparation for the inevitable battle that will take place if the Government decides to expand Heathrow.
The Government doesn’t seem to realise the forces lining up against it: local residents; nearly all MPs and
local authorities in West London and Berkshire; the London Mayor; environmental groups shocked at the
implications for global warming; and activists who want a showdown with the aviation industry.”

“The actions in which HACAN members participated in 2005, such as blasting loud music into the home of
retiring BA Chief Rod Eddington at 5am on the morning of British Airway’s AGM or jeering at delegates
to an international aviation conference when they arrived for their gala dinner on Tower Bridge last month,
were just a taster of what is to come if the Government doesn’t withdraw it expansion plans. We’ve
stopped speaking to the Department for Transport. We’ve started speaking to Earth First!”

At the end of this year the Government is committed to reviewing its controversial 2003 Aviation White
Paper. It is under heavy pressure from the aviation industry, and particularly from British Airways, to give
the green light to a third runway at Heathrow. This Spring, it is expected to consult on plans to make more
use of the existing runways, by proposing the end of runway alternation, the system where planes landing
over London use one runway until 3pm before switching to the other, thus giving a lot of people a half day
of relative peace and quiet. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has estimated that, with a third runway in
place and runway alternation at an end, flight numbers could exceed 700,000 each year at Heathrow (2).
Last year there were just over 470,000.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

(1). The story appeared in the Observer 1/1/06

(2). The report was by DF Rhodes for the CAA

For further information contact:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

This Press Release dated 1/1/06