ACTIVISTS who staged a week long demonstration against Heathrow expansion are returning to take part in a conference to discuss what to do if permission is granted.
Members of the Camp for Climate Action (Climate Camp), which took place in Sipson last year, will be back next Saturday (26) for a half day conference, staged by HACAN, NoTRAG (No Third Runway Action Group) and Greenpeace.
It is billed as an opportunity for opponents of Heathrow expansion to discuss what they will do if the Government gives the green light for expansion later this year.
This is the first time that local campaign groups have teamed up with the Climate Camp to stage an event. The conference is expected to be attended by a number of politicians including John McDonnell, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, Baroness Jenny Tonge, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, and the Labour member of the Greater London Assembly Murad Quershi.
John Stewart, the Chair of HACAN, said: "This conference will be a visible sign to the Government that its many opponents are working closely together.
"People coming from different backgrounds will be sitting down together to discuss a wide range of ways of continuing to oppose expansion, from letter-writing to direct action. What unites us is an utter determination to win this battle."
NoTRAG spokeswoman Christine Taylor, said "Last August, the Climate Camp came to Sipson and helped put the campaign to stop Heathrow expansion on the international map. A year later there is even more pressure on the Government to drop these destructive plans.
"Should the Government choose to ignore the growing opposition to expansion, NoTRAG will be ready to battle on to prevent the proposed devastation of the local community."
The day after the conference, on Sunday July 27, the climate campers will set off from Sipson on a journey to Kingsnorth in Kent where this year's Climate Camp will be held from 4-11 August. Kingsnorth is where the Government is planning a new coal-fired power station.
The Conference, entitled What do we do if the worst comes to the worst and the Government says 'yes'?, will be held on Saturday July 26th from 12pm - 5pm at Harlington Baptist Church in Harlington High Street.