HACAN ClearSkies open top bus rally converged on Turnham Green this Saturday

A crowd estimated at over three hundred turned out to the rally against the further expansion of Heathrow on Turnham Green this Saturday. They witnessed the arrival of the open top bus, heard speeches from campaigners and listened to a brass band.

Amongst the gathering was local MP Ann Keen, leader of Hounslow Council John Chatt, local GLA representative Tony Arbor and many of the local Chiswick councillors. Maps showing the possible new flight path and a petition against the third runway was distributed.

Ann Keen who had previously made no public comment for or against the third runway made a short speech opposing the plan in which she said that her lobbying against airport expansion would be significantly strengthened if she had a large number of letters from constituents opposing the plan.

An open top bus bedecked with NO THIRD RUNWAY / HACAN banners was driven from Sloane Square to Windsor. The route they took is directly underneath where the new flight path would be. At 10:30am the bus stopped at Turnham Green for the rally.

Hacan say that the new runway will not only bring additional flight paths but a huge increase in the number of aircraft (480,000 to 655,000 flights per year).

They believe that the consultation document makes it clear that 'over time' there is the possibility, once the third runway is built, of doing away with runway alternation. This would increase the number of aircraft to 754,000 flights per year.

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October 26, 2002