Hounslow Green Party

Greens join BASH protest against the third runway in Osterley Park

12 November 2017

One year on from the government's decision to "accept the recommendation of the Airports Commission" to expand Heathrow, Hounslow Green Party activists joined other BASH members to plant planes in Osterley Park, a National Trust beauty spot which would be severely affected by the new flight path.   700 red model planes were planted in public places around London, highlighting the 700 extra daily flights that would fly over London if Heathrow expands.

 With BASH at Osterley

The events come as the Government prepares to launch a further round of public consultations on the proposal, this time on Air Quality and updated Passenger Number Forecasts, because some of the conclusions of Sir Howard Davies’s 2015 Airports Commission have proved inaccurate.

 

It is still far from certain that the proposal will secure parliamentary backing.  Many Conservative MPs are implacably opposed (including Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson and Education Secretary, Justine Greening) and Labour is now indicating opposition. However, if it does go through, a coalition of London Councils have promised to challenge it in the courts.

 

Victoria George, our campaigns officer, who attended the demonstration said "the business case for the new runway is flawed.  The only thing that is certain is the extra noise and pollution in West London.   We should instead invest in infrastructure to help prevent climate change." 

With BASH at Osterley 2







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