Anti-Heathrow expansion campaigners plan to step up third runway opposition

JOE MURPHY
Opposition: Campaigners have more plans to try to frustrate the building of a new runway at Heathrow: AFP/Getty Images

Campaigners against Heathrow expansion today launched a new coalition in a bid to step up their fight against a third runway.

Some 18 local groups combined forces to form the No Third Runway Coalition which will lead efforts to lobby MPs, councils and officials.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who is Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington, hailed it as “a breakthrough moment” for the battle to limit noise and air pollution.

Tania Mathias, Conservative MP for Twickenham, said: “Every community affected is concerned about the increase in noise and air pollution and the financial costs for all taxpayers.”

Among the groups combining forces are Stop Heathrow Expansion, HACAN, Teddington Action Group and Brentford-based BASH Runway 3.

Full-time co-ordinator Robert Barnstone said the camapign was funded by individuals and green groups and had no money from rival airports. “We will increase our lobbying of MPs and be mounting a major campaign to get as many residents as possible to respond to the current consultation,” he said.

A commission recommended Heathrow expansion in 2015. Last year the Government backed the proposal subject to public consultation.

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