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Heathrow third runway: New anti-expansion group claims 'profit is being put ahead of people'

Congested roads, pollution and noise were discussed at the first gathering held by new local group BASH Runway 3

Nearly 200 residents packed out a church hall to attend the launch meeting of a new local anti-Heathrow expansion group.

Putting profits and pollution before people were high on the agenda at the Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion (BASH Runway 3) meeting on Tuesday (March 21).

The campaign group also believes tens of thousands more people in Brentford , Isleworth, Osterley, Chiswick and Hounslow will be affected by a third runway.

Anti-Heathrow expansion group BASH Runway 3 hold first meeting to fight third runway. MP Ruth Cadbury spoke at the meeting(Image: BASHR3)

The crowds were addressed by Brentford & Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury, John Stewart from anti-expansion group HACAN and Maggie Thorburn from West London Friends of the Earth.

Ms Cadbury was adamant that together the threat of a third runway would be eradicated, adding certain claims made by Heathrow Airport were "laughable."

Putting profits and pollution before people was discussed at the first meeting held by new anti-Heathrow expansion group BASHR3(Image: BASHR3)

"Together, we'll see off the threat to our area for good," she said.

"Heathrow expansion means hundreds of thousands of people not currently under a flight path will be overflown for the first time.

“Air pollution will also become worse across the constituency as a result of the traffic generated by the extra cars and lorries on the local and motorway road network.

"Heathrow’s claims that Runway 3 can be delivered without any increase in vehicles using the airport is laughable.”

Plane flying over a house near Heathrow

The meeting was held at Brentford Free Church on Boston Manor Road.

Other issues covered included:

  • increased congestion of local roads
  • expansion of the M4
  • local air quality
  • the substantial increase in aircraft noise with an additional runway flight path
  • air quality falling below legal limits
  • the perceived lack of opposition to the plans from Hounslow Council

Dave Waller, chairman of BASH Runway 3, which was created earlier this year, added: "It was great to see so many local residents come along to our first public meeting, where many residents raised serious concerns with what Heathrow expansion really means for our area.

"It makes me angry that once again profit is being put ahead of people, ahead of human health and ahead of a generation of children who will be blighted with asthma as a result of 250,000 more planes per year in our area."

BASH Runway 3 hold first meeting to fight Heathrow expansion(Image: BASHR3)

The group has also joined the new coalition No Third Runway , along with 17 other anti-expansion groups, councils and MPs.

The group vows there is more to come in the coming weeks to help put a stop to the expansion of Heathrow.

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