A PETITION calling for airport operator BAA to provide written proof it is not planning to bulldoze a cemetery has been handed into Parliament.
The collecting of signatures was carried out by the mother and daughter team of Edna and Natasha La Mothe in defence of Cherry Lane Cemetery, in Shepiston Lane, Harlington.
The pair, who live in Hayes, were horrified when they saw a map showing an acces road to a possible third runway running right through the cemetery - where Mrs La Mothe's late husband Everest is buried.
John Randall, MP for Uxbridge, has already raised the matter in the House of Commons with aviation minister Jim Fitzpatrick, who denied the cemetery would be affected.
However, last Wednesday, their petition with around 4,600 names was handed to Parliament by John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington.
Natasha said: "So far we have only had verbal assurances - and that is not good enough, seeing as how BAA and the Government have broken every verbal promise they have ever made over the issue of expansion of Heathrow."
Mrs La Mothe, 68, added: "We have done what we set out to do - people are talking about this issue rather than asking about it.
"My husband was a quiet, patient man who tended to sit and listen rather than get involved. But I know he will be so proud of us for what we are doing."