I WAS appalled by the callousness of Charlie Farmer's letter (We owe Heathrow a debt of gratitude, Letters, January 27).
It showed no sympathy for those who live with airport pollution and noise. He even wants it to increase.
If Heathrow expansion goes ahead, suffering will be widespread. The 2M group represents five million people who will be adversely affected.
Particularly shocking was the total disregard for the plight of 2,000 people whose homes are first in line for demolition.
Sipson would be totally destroyed, with many Harmondsworth and Harlington residents losing their homes for airport buildings or roads. Those left behind face purgatory.
Mr Farmer flippantly says they are simply 'losers' in a game that, up to now, has only had winners.
His memory is clearly selective. The pre-Heathrow 'bare and barren' land he describes was in fact beautiful open countryside, where people lived and farmed the fertile Grade A agricultural land.
Few who truly remember the area, or have read the history books, can rejoice in its destruction for a 24-hour pollution generator that respects no boundaries.
To get T5 approved, BAA promised not to seek a third runway. Despite this betrayal, Mr Farmer doesn't want anyone to 'spoil it all' for BAA by protesting.
Heathrow jobs come at an enormous cost to the west London environment.
If airports keep growing, other businesses must significantly cut their emissions for the UK to meet climate change targets. A 'great' Britain would invest in green industries.
Campaigners raising these issues are not bored time-wasters. They keep fighting year on year because,despite busy lives, they value what would be lost.
For example, NoTRAG committee members are involved in a very long list of local projects, charities and organisations, including Cherry Lane Cemetery, Harmondsworth's Great Barn, Heathrow School, St Mary's Church and William Byrd Pool.
If BAA gets its way, all these face a grim future.
CHRISTINE TAYLOR Vice-chairwoman, NoTRAG
Raywood Close Harlington