Manchester Airport protesters join forces with Sipson

8.2.2010   (BBC)

Campaigners against the expansion of Manchester Airport have joined forces with
a village set for destruction if Heathrow gets a third runway.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson has lived in Breeze Cottage for the past 18 years

A number of 200-year-old cottages on Hasty Lane in Altrincham stand to be demolished
if Manchester Airport expands to add a new cargo unit.

Peter Johnson, who could lose his home, held a tea party with Heathrow’s Sipson
village via video link on Sunday.
              Tracy Howard from Sipson village points the way.

Manchester Airport said it needed “modern facilities for the future”.

The dispute between the families living on Hasty Lane and the airport has been
simmering for the past two years.

Airport officials did have to alter their plans after planning experts ruled
they should leave one cottage standing.

However, the revised proposals, which means the destruction of four homes, were passed
by Manchester City Council in December.

‘Under threat’

Mr Johnson, who has lived in Breeze Hill cottage for the past 18 years, is hoping
to take the airport’s proposals to a judicial review in a bid to stop the expansion.

Backed by Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport (SEMA), he set up the tea party
and said he was “twinning” the street with Sipson village to create publicity.


Why replace some beautiful old cottages and an area of natural beauty with a
giant freight shed?

Peter Johnson

He said: “The expansion of the airport flies in the face of real reasoning.

“Why replace some beautiful old cottages and an area of natural beauty with a
giant freight shed?

“As it stands, we do not know the future of the aviation industry, it seems to
be diminishing in size rather than getting bigger.

“My home, my family’s home is under threat over something that might not even
be needed.”

Residents of Sipson village have been campaigning for the past three years against
plans for a third runway at Heathrow. If it gets the go ahead, up to 700 homes
could be demolished.

A Manchester Airport spokesman added: “The long-term forecasts for air cargo
demand remain robust and our existing transit units are all occupied.

“While we are aware of the sensitivities we are committed to developing in a
sustainable manner and want to continue to fulfil our role as a major job creator
for the city and the region.”

A Heathrow Airport spokesman said they would not comment.
see also
Hacan press release:   8.2.2010
Sipson ‘twinned’ with Manchester Airport residents who face losing homes
On Sunday 7th February the village of Sipson, which faces complete wipe out if
a third runway goes ahead at Heathrow, was ‘twinned’ with Hasty Lane in Manchester.  
Homes in Hasty Lane are under threat from the expansion of the freight terminal
at Manchester Airport. Over 70 people from Manchester and London attended the
twinning event on Sunday at Hasty Lane.   There was also a live video link to residents
at Heathrow.   The event was organised by residents’ groups in conjunction with
Plane Stupid.
Sipson resident Tracy Howard, 35, who made the trip up north for the twinning
event said: "The story of Hasty lane is a way too familiar story to ours.   Local
communities suffering from a big airport that is destroying our homes, our health
and the climate.   If a 3rd runway at Heathrow is built I face losing my home,
my job and my grandmother’s grave will be dug up.   This is why I have been adopted
by a Plane Stupid activist as there direct action tactics could be all we have