Invitation from Harmondsworth Village

Dear Fellow Residents

On April 12th the Stop Heathrow Expansion group are welcoming all to Harmondsworth to raise awareness of the great threat to our communities.

Whilst this beautiful historic village is the one earmarked for demolition, it is merely a focus point to highlight all the villages that would be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by airport expansion.

Tens of thousands that would be adversely affected by noise and pollution might like to stand here and be counted now, prior to the general election, to ensure all political parties know people’s strength of feeling on this issue. Efforts to kick it into the long grass until we have already cast our votes must not be allowed to silence us. 

We have a number of photo opportunities on the day including: tree planting for the future on land that would be compulsory purchased, a boundary mural showing where the new airport fence is being forced upon us and the Great Barn, newly restored, will be open to the public for the first time this year

All visitors will be also be able to investigate the other historic and listed buildings, and the threatened natural delights of Harmondsworth Moor, with the help of guides and illustrated leaflets.

The two local pubs serve great food and fine beer making this potentially the most civilised opportunity to protest possible.

 SHE

Stop Heathrow Expansion – Community EVENT

STOP HEATHROW EXPANSION 079-342-542-57 info@stopheathrowexpansion.co.uk

SHE is a campaigning group set up by residents from the Heathrow villages to fight any further expansion at Heathrow.

The interior of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth HEATHROW VILLAGES ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL.

Harmondsworth is one of those scenic villages but residents are working hard to protect its historic buildings and community English Heritage has just completed a major restoration of the magnificent 15th-century Great Barn there, described by Sir John Betjeman as the cathedral of Middlesex.

Please join us at a special open day event on Sunday 12th April 2015 Harmondsworth Village Green, beside St Mary’s Church, Harmondsworth, UB7 0AQ Great Barn open 11am-4pm Walking tours of the historic village and Harmondsworth Moor Discover for yourself why your efforts to put an end to Heathrow expansion really matter.

SHE 

Hollow promises of Heathrow expansion revealed


Serious flaws in proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been laid bare by Hillingdon Council in its detailed response to the Airports Commission consultation on expanding airport capacity in London.

Last week (Thursday 22 January) the council’s Cabinet approved the response, which included a specially commissioned report on the impact of Heathrow expansion on the health and quality of life of people living nearby. It will now be sent to the Airports Commission.

The Airports Commission is currently considering three airport expansion options, one at Gatwick Airport and two at Heathrow.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said:

“Despite spending considerable time and resources on publicity demonstrating the benefits of building a third runway, Heathrow Airport’s proposals are full of hollow promises and gaping holes, lacking any realistic assessment of the impact Heathrow expansion would have on our community.

“It beggars belief that increased noise levels, heightened flood risk, public transport pressures, reduction of air quality, not to mention the trauma of uprooting families who have lived locally for decades, are being glossed over by Heathrow. We are also concerned that the so-called economic benefits of expanding this airport do not stand up to closer scrutiny and ultimately would not benefit Hillingdon residents.

“The recent activities of Heathrow and its PR machine have demonstrated that neither they nor their incredibly dubious survey results can be believed or taken seriously. Our detailed response to the Airport Commission’s consultation lays bare these vitally important concerns, which demand to be taken seriously.”

The consultation period ends on 3 February 2015. After this, the Airports Commission will look at all responses and publish its final recommendations in summer 2015.

For more information, visit  www.hillingdon.gov.uk/heathrow.

SHE – Important Update

Dear Stop Heathrow Expansion supporters,         

 An urgent message re 3rd of Feb. 2015

For those that had planned to come to Downing Street, either on the coach from Harmondsworth or under their own steam, the morning visit has been postponed for reasons beyond our control.Appointment slots for number 10 Downing Street are strictly controlled. 

We were assured the 10.30am slot would be ours but it will not now be released to us. We have not been given a reason for this.It is expected, but not yet guaranteed, that a delegation will be allowed to enter the gates and go up to the famous door of number 10 at 2pmon Feb 3rd instead. If this is the case, and you are still willing to come, please prepare for the coach to leave Harmondsworth promptly at 12 noon.  

I have no idea why our MPs are being messed about on this, and as a result I can only apologise that we are disrupting your plans. It seems we are the mercy of our leaders for numerous reasons.

Many thanks for your continued support; I will be in touch again very soon. Please pass on this message to anyone who may have said they are planning to come but who have not given me their contact details. 

 Best wishes,

keep up the fight. We can win this.  

 Neil Keveren Chairman of SHE

Heathrow Public Meeting – Update

Dear  Residents,

Invitation to a Public Meeting on the Airport Commission Consultation on Heathrow Thursday 29th January at 7.30pmHeathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, UB7 0JQ.

As you know, the Airport Commission has announced its final consultation on the proposals for expansion of Heathrow Airport. The commission has a shortlist of three proposals to consider: a second runway at Gatwick; a third runway at Heathrow and a new runway built by doubling the length of the current northern runway at Heathrow.

The consultation ends on 3rd February
and the final recommendation from the Commission to the Government on its preferred option is due in the summer. Various local meetings have already taken place but before the deadline for responses.

I am inviting you to a meeting to have a last chance to discuss the published options and how to respond if you have not already done so. At this meeting we will also discuss our strategy over this coming period to protect our local community.  

The proposals and information on how to respond can be viewed at www.gov.uk/airports-commissionIf you wish to respond you can email to airportsconsultation@systra.comor you can write toAirports Commission ConsultationFreepost RTKX-USUC-CXASPO Box 1492WokingGU22 2QR The meeting will be held at Heathrow Primary School on 29th January at 7.30pm. 

Please note that parking will be limited.

I hope that you will be able to join me at the meeting and I look forward to seeing you there. 

Yours sincerely
John McDonnell MP
Member of Parliament for Hayes & Harlington