Day 12 saw Neil cross the halfway point on his 400-mile walk from Harmondsworth, the main village that would be demolished with a 3rd Runway, to Edinburgh. He is seeking to raise awareness of the campaign and speak with Scottish politicians, as the SNP is intending to vote as a block in favour of the runway. He wants to ask they why they are prepared to destroy his home, community and the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of Londoners, for vague pledges of help for Scotland and more air freighted salmon and whisky. In York, Neil was met by Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central,at the iconic York Minster, Rachael offered her support to Neil and the campaign, commenting: “It’s great to be here today with Neil … to raise awareness of the impact that a third runway at Heathrow would have. It’s fantastic he’s made it so far on this journey about what’s going to happen to housing, air pollution issues, noise pollution and of course the cost of the project. I’ll be taking his message out into the city, do a public meeting and ensure that people understand the real impact on the local community on a third runway…. Whilst we hear so many jobs will be created, what’s really important is the community voice is also part of the consultation and people understand the consequences of what will happen if a third runway actually goes ahead.” . Tweet
Neil makes it to York – halfway to Scotland!
15.4.2017 (Stop Heathrow Expansion – SHE)
Day 12 saw Neil cross the halfway point on his 400-mile walk from Harmondsworth, the villages that would be demolished with a 3rd Runway, to Scotland, as he seeks to raise awareness of the campaign and speak with Scottish politicians about why they are prepared to destroy his home, community and the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.
Neil with Rachael Maskell MP at York Minster Neil was met by Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central as he reached the halfway point of the walk. Meet at the iconic York Minster in the City Centre, Rachael offered her support to Neil and the campaign, commenting: “It’s great to be here today with Neil who’s now walked 195 miles to raise awareness of the impact that a third runway at Heathrow would have. It’s fantastic he’s made it so far on this journey about what’s going to happen to housing, air pollution issues, noise pollution and of course the cost of the project. I’ll be taking his message out into the city, do a public meeting and ensure that people understand the real impact on the local community on a third runway.”
Rachael added: “Whilst we hear so many jobs will be created, what’s really important is the community voice is also part of the consultation and people understand the consequences of what will happen if a third runway actually goes ahead.”
Later in the day Neil met two York City Councillors, who offered their strong support to the campaign. Green group leader Andy D’Agorne and Cllr Denise Craghill who were collecting signatures for a local petition about air pollution. Neil explained that Hillingdon, the borough that includes Heathrow Airport, breaches nitrogen dioxide limits more than any other local authority in the United Kingdom. The legal limits are 40 micrograms per cubic metre, Hillingdon has readings of 68mcg. Both councillors agreed that this needs addressing now, and air pollution must be brought into legal limits, before any talk of runway expansion could ever begin.
Nitrogen Dioxide readings around Heathrow are reaching 68 microgrames per cubic metre. The legal maximum limit is 40.
York City Councillors Andy D’Agorne and Denise Craghill meet Neil as he passes the halfway mark on Saturday afternoon With half the walk complete, Neil is feeling optimistic about the rest of his journey, commenting “Walking this far is challenging, but I’m feeling good and looking forward to the second half. It is vitally important that politicians in the north of the UK and in Scotland hear the reality of Heathrow expansion – it will not deliver on its fanciful projects they have promised places such as York.
Tomorrow Neil will be taking a break from walking, but will be visiting an anti-Fracking camp in Kirby Misperton which is slightly off-route. More updates from us on here on Easter Monday. In the meantime, check our Twitter page for the very latest updates @StopHeathrowExp.
On behalf of all of Neil, and all of us at Stop Heathrow Expansion, we wish you a peaceful Easter.
A lively group in Harmondsworth village saw Neil off on his one-man long walk north, to Scotland, as he set off on the first day’s stretch to Chesham. Hillingdon Council Leader, Ray Puddifoot, attended the gathering, and spoke about the significance of Neil’s trip, and the importance of persuading MPs across the country, and particularly the SNP, to vote against the runway. The 54 SNP MPs in the House of Commons are likely to vote, en block, for the runway having been dubiously persuaded to believe in huge benefits it would bring Scotland. Ray said the runway was nonsensical, as well as illegal – in causing breaches of air pollution standards. He said Neil was representing the interests of tens or hundreds of thousands of people, taking his message across the country, that the 3rd Heathrow runway should not be built. Zac Goldsmith also attended the send-off party, saying in the middle ages – to avoid undue bloodshed and loss of men – armies would sent out their best and bravest fighters to do battle on behalf of everyone. So it is with Neil, courageously setting off to speak up for everyone whose lives would be made worse by the impacts of the runway, and especially those in Harmondworth who face losing their homes, their village and their community, in act of wanton destruction for an unnecessary, and high carbon venture. . Tweet
On Twitter, the walk will be using hashtags #walktoscotland and #no3rdrunway
Some photos from the gathering to see Neil off on his walk:
Cllr Puddifoot thanking Neil and wishing him well for his walk (with Neil’s daughter’s spectacular plane hat in the foreground)
The village looking particularly beautiful, in front of the pub, with a lovely display of bulbs in front of the supporters gathered to see Neill off
Harmondsworth is a beautiful village, with not only the green in front of the Five Bells pub, but many historic and significant buildings.
Neil and his wife and daughter
Support driver, uncle Ray, and some fellow campaigners who walked the first part of the day’s trip with Neil – as far as Uxbridge
Neil setting off, taking his first steps out of Harmondsworth …. just around 400 miles to go ….
Zac Goldsmith speaking at the send off, about the importance of Neil taking the battle across the country on behalf of so many – who face being badly impacted by a 3rd runway.
Zac Goldsmith and council leader Ray Puddifoot amongst well-wishers at send off for local man’s walk to Scotland
4.4.2017 (Stop Heathrow Expansion)
Harmondsworth resident Neil Keveren set-off on Tuesday to walk 400 miles to Edinburgh in his effort to raise awareness with politicians about why building a third runway is a bad idea (1). Politicians, residents and campaigners gathered outside Neil’s home on Harmondsworth Village Green to wish him well for the 23-day expedition that will see him pass through many regions in England and Scotland.
Zac Goldsmith, amongst the well-wishers, said: “Neil is on the front line in the battle against Heathrow expansion and speaks for residents of a community that will be bulldozed if the airport expands. I wish him well as he meets MPs from Hillingdon to Scotland to persuade them why a third runway is no more in their interests than those of his family and friends.”
Zac told Neil; “Over a million owe you for what you’ve done for the community and what you will be doing over the next few weeks”
Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “I have led Hillingdon Council for 17 years and throughout that time the lives of thousands of residents have been continually blighted by a series of failed proposals to expand Heathrow.
As the High Court judge said in 2010 when the last proposal was put forward it was “untenable in both law and common sense ” and given that the current proposal is far worse I have little doubt that it will be rejected by the courts.
Neil Keveren has my full support for his venture to bring this unacceptable and unnecessary destruction of communities and the threat to the health and wellbeing of many thousands of people to the attention of a wider audience. ”
Jackie Clark, Chair of Stop Heathrow Expansion, said: “We are supporting Neil every step of the way and our community are grateful for the what he is doing in the fight to save our villages from Heathrow’s bulldozers.”
Neil Keveren, Harmondsworth resident born in the neighbouring village of Sipson, said: “During this walk, I hope to persuade politicians across the UK that a third runway at Heathrow will not benefit regions across the UK, despite what Heathrow’s PR machine may tell you. I am looking forward to walking through dozens and dozens of places in the UK over the coming weeks, from Milton Keynes and Lincoln, to York and Edinburgh.”
The route can be found hereand covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh (2).
Neil will provide daily updates of his progress and any highlights of that particular day.
Further updates will be available on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp.
Builder to walk from Harmondsworth to Holyrood to persuade Scots to ditch Heathrow
A 55-year-old family man from Harmondsworth has embarking on a 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where he hopes to speak to the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon about their support for Heathrow expansion.
At 11am on 4 April, local builder Neil Keveren laced up his walking boots and headed off from The Five Bells in Harmondsworth to begin his quest to discover why the Scottish National Party (SNP) is backing a third runway with its destruction of several villages and displacement of thousands of people.
The walk will be an estimated 390 miles and should finish on Thursday 27 April at the Scottish Parliament. There will be a theme for each day and a number of campaigners and politicians will join Neil for sections along the way.
The route covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh.
It’s an ambitious quest and SHE (Stop Heathrow Expansion) will be keeping in touch with Neil and reporting on his progress through the website and social media.
Residents and members of a number of the other campaigns against the 3rd runway came to see Neil off, express their appreciation for what he is embarking on, and give him a good send off.
Neil, who was born in the neighbouring village of Sipson and has lived in the area all his life, hopes that his walk will highlight the reasons a third runway should not go ahead. As well as being a non-athlete, Neil is a bit of a technophobe but is preparing to face another challenge – daily updates by devices other than his usual elderly-but-functional mobile phone.
The SHE team will be giving updates on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp.
Anybody who would like to join Neil for a part of the walk, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Neil on 07850 904677.
One man’s 400-mile, 3 week, walk London to Scotland, to save his village from Heathrow bulldozers
March 31, 2017
On Tuesday 4th April Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot and others well-wishers will gather in Harmondsworth at 11am as local man Neil Keveren sets off on a marathon 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to ask Nicola Sturgeon why the SNP is backing a 3rd runway at Heathrow and destruction of his home and village in the process. Neil aims to finish his walk on Thursday 27th April at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. There will be a theme for each day and a number of campaigners and politicians will join Neil for sections of the walk. The route can be found hereand covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh. Neil Keveren, who was born in Harmondsworth’s neighbouring village of Sipson, has lived in the area all his life; he hopes that his walk will highlight the reasons a third runway should not go ahead. Keveren, who built up a successful building business in the area, said: “I am not one of nature’s natural walkers but I felt I had to do this for my family, my village and the wider campaign.” Neil will also use Facebook Live to provide daily updates of his progress and any highlights of that particular day. Further updates will be available on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp.
Heathrow expansion wins backing of Scottish government
Support from governing SNP means all 56 Westminster MPs likely to back Commons vote
OCTOBER 10, 2016
by Jim Pickard in London and Mure Dickie in Edinburgh (FT) The Scottish government has backed a third runway at Heathrow airport, saying expansion of London’s main hub would deliver jobs and other economic benefits north of the English border.
Heathrow has long sought the support of the governing Scottish National party and Monday’s announcement is likely to mean its 56 MPs at Westminster will back the airport’s expansion plans.
The SNP has previously said it would remain neutral between Heathrow and Gatwick’s rival expansion plan as long as the winner protected the interests of Scotland.
The government is expected to put the Heathrow third runway to a vote in the House of Commons within days having established that it is likely to secure the backing of MPs.
Theresa May will hold a meeting of the aviation subcommittee within days, where ministers will debate the airport expansion options for the south-east of England. The choice is between a third runway at Heathrow, the extension of the airport’s northern runway or a second runway at Gatwick.
The prime minister is now widely expected within Whitehall to authorise the third Heathrow runway option, which was backed by last year’s independent Davies aviation commission. “All the momentum does now seem to be going in one direction,” said one official.
Downing Street has also discussed launching a separate review of where to build another, second runway in the longer term to improve airport capacity.
Keith Brown, Scotland’s economy secretary, told BBC Scotland that the UK government should approve Heathrow’s expansion “as quickly as possible”.
Building the new runway could create up to 16,000 new jobs in Scotland, the BBC quoted the Scottish government as saying. It would mean £200m in construction spending in Scotland and £10m for new domestic routes, with a commitment to consider using Scotland’s Prestwick Airport as a logistics hub for the expansion project.
Mr Brown commended the Gatwick proposal but said Heathrow offered “the best deal for Scotland”. He added: “Building a third runway at Heathrow provides the most significant benefits to the country’s economy and connectivity.”
He waved aside complaints by environmentalists that the airport’s expansion will increase air pollution and undermine effort to cut climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.
Failure to maintain a competitive international hub in the UK would just increase reliance on the most environmentally damaging short-haul flights, he said.
In a statement Gatwick expressed “surprise” that the ruling SNP had backed Heathrow and said that option would “undermine Scotland’s connections with the world, making it more dependent on London and the south east of England”.
The statement also expressed confidence that expansion “will happen at Gatwick”. At the weekend it was reported that Gatwick could go ahead and build a second runway in Sussex even if the government picks Heathrow for expansion.
But Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick, refused to say whether the project would go ahead — without government backing — during an interview on Monday morning with the BBC’s Today programme.
Chris Grayling, transport secretary, told the Tory conference last week that the issue was “right at the top of my in-tray” and would be part of the government’s attempt to take advantage of various post-Brexit opportunities. “By building another runway in the south-east we will send a signal to the world that Britain is open for business,” he said.
The FT recently revealed that ministers have carried out detailed calculations about how each of the three proposals would fare in a “free vote” in the House of Commons.
Theresa May should seize the opportunity to increase UK airport capacity, writes Sebastian Payne
They believe that MPs would not back Gatwick expansion and that Heathrow would win a vote with a “slam dunk” despite opposition from some senior figures in the Conservative party.
Heathrow’s management has likewise estimated that fewer than 50 MPs from the two main parties would vote against the project alongside the Liberal Democrats.
Putting the issue to a free vote in the Commons — where most Labour and Tory MPs support the project — would be a way to suspend cabinet responsibility and allow critics to vote against or abstain.
The £16.8bn Heathrow scheme faces opposition from some high-profile politicians including Boris Johnson, foreign secretary, Justine Greening, education secretary, and Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.
Virgin Atlantic: the airline reveals the Dreambird 1417, which boasts wings that bend and flex to create a flapping motion that not only propels the aircraft forward but generates its own power to meet every electronic need on board. To be fair, they have made a well produced and quite convincing video to accompany the not-all-too-convincing press release – complete with an appearance by Beardy himself. Virgin pride themselves on April fool releases, and Atlantic is just one of many flooding into reporters’ inboxes from Branson’s subsidiaries.
On Tuesday 4th April Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot and others well-wishers will gather in Harmondsworth at 11am as local man Neil Keveren sets off on a marathon 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to ask Nicola Sturgeon why the SNP is backing a 3rd runway at Heathrow and destruction of his home and village in the process. Neil aims to finish his walk on Thursday 27th April at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. There will be a theme for each day and a number of campaigners and politicians will join Neil for sections of the walk. The route can be found below and covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh. Neil Keveren, who was born in Harmondsworth’s neighbouring village of Sipson, has lived in the area all his life; he hopes that his walk will highlight the reasons a third runway should not go ahead. Keveren, who built up a successful building business in the area, said: “I am not one of nature’s natural walkers but I felt I had to do this for my family, my village and the wider campaign.” Neil will also use Facebook Live to provide daily updates of his progress and any highlights of that particular day. Further updates will be available on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp. . Tweet
One Man’s 400-mile walk to save his village from Heathrow bulldozers
31.3..2017 (No 3rd Runway Coalition)
On Tuesday 4 April Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot and others well-wishers will gather in Harmondsworth at 11am as local man Neil Keveren, 50, sets off on a marathon 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to ask Nicola Sturgeon why the SNP is backing a third runway at Heathrow and destruction of his home and village in the process (1).
The quest, which is estimated to take 394 miles, will commence on Tuesday 4 April and will finish on Thursday 27 April at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (2). There will be a theme for each day and a number of campaigners and politicians will join Neil for sections of the walk. The route can be found below and covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh.
Neil Keveren, who was born in the neighbouring village of Sipson and has lived in the area all his life, hopes that his walk will highlight the reasons a third runway should not go ahead.
Keveren, who built up a successful business in the area, said: “I am not one of nature’s natural walkers but I felt I had to do this for my family, my village and the wider campaign.”
Neil will also use Facebook Live to provide daily updates of his progress and any highlights of that particular day.
Further updates will be available on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp.
Nearly 200 residents packed out a church hall to attend the launch meeting of a new local anti-Heathrow expansion group – BASHR3. The first public meeting of Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion (BASH Runway 3) meeting on March 21st was a lively event, with speeches from Ruth Cadbury (Brentford & Isleworth MP), John Stewart of HACAN, and Maggie Thorburn, from Friends of the Earth. Putting profits and pollution before people were high on the agenda and there were serious concerns that tens of thousands more people in Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley, Chiswick and Hounslow will be affected by a third runway. Ruth Cadbury was adamant that the threat of a third runway would be eradicated, and many claims made by Heathrow of how they would deal with problems such as noise, air pollution and carbon emissions were “laughable.” …Ruth believes that “Together, we’ll see off the threat to our area for good.” The 3rd runway means the massive intrusion of aircraft noise into the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, who not currently under a flight path. Being overflown for the first time would come as a deeply unpleasant shock for many, and the DfT has made no attempt to give out information about who would be affected. 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. . Tweet
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
BY SALINA PATEL (Get West London) 23 MAR 2017
. 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 (Lots of photos available on the web link below).
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
“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.”
Living under Heathrow’s flightpath increases risk of stroke and heart disease a report claims
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.”
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.
Major new coalition launched to fight Heathrow 3rd runway
March 21, 2017
A major new coalition has been launched to fight the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow. The coalition is formally backed already by 18 local campaign groups, including to name a few, Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE), HACAN, Teddington Action Group (TAG) and recently formed BASH Runway 3 (based in Brentford). More groups are expected to join in the coming weeks. The coalition also has the support of 5 local authorities as well as leading politicians from all main parties. The aim of the coalition is to put additional pressure on the Government to drop plans for the runway, building upon the work of existing opponents including campaign groups, local authorities and MPs. It will provide opponents of the runway a platform, allowing them to work effectively together – including support from MPs to the heroic local Councils challenging Heathrow in the courts. The coalition will work to highlight issues – including noise, air pollution and economics – with the DfT’s current, deeply flawed, consultation on the Heathrow National Policy Statement (NPS). Though the DfT has held 20 consultation exhibition events across west London, Berkshire and Surrey, considerable numbers of residents were left disappointed that there was no information on locations of new flight paths, and that will not be presented until much later in the process.
Heston residents and businesses can breathe a sigh of relief as M4 widening plans will not go ahead
MP for Feltham and Heston Seema Malhotra raised concerns in Parliament over confusion on M4 proposals
BY SALINA PATEL (Get West London) 3 FEB 2017
Plans to widen the M4 following the proposed Heathrow expansion which would impact residents and businesses in Heston have been denied.
Concerns were raised in Parliament by local MP Seema Malhotra on Thursday (February 2).
However transport secretary, Chris Grayling, confirmed there is no such plan in place, however there are proposals to create a smart motorway on the M4.
In a letter to Chris Grayling dated January 31, Ms Malhotra said: “I understand the department made a statement to the media to the effect that this proposal will not be going ahead and that there are no current plans for land acquisition of property in the vicinity of Winchester Avenue.
“However, recent Parliamentary Written Answers to me seem to again suggest that the proposal is under consideration.”
Original references were made to widening the M4 in the Airports Commission surface access strategic road network proposals, published by Highways England in October.
Speaking in parliament, Ms Malhotra added: “The document includes proposals to widen the M4.
She added: “The government made a statement to the media two weeks ago to the effect that that would not go ahead, but the answers to written questions that I have received have not been so clear.
“Will the Secretary of State confirm that those proposals will not go ahead, and that there will be no land or property acquisition in Heston?”
The question was raised on the day that the government’s public consultation on a third runway at Heathrow were published.
In response Mr Grayling said in Parliament: “I can be absolutely clear about this.
“There is no plan to widen the M4, although there is a plan to create a smart motorway on the M4.
“There is no plan that I am aware of, or that I have discussed in any way, shape or form, to start buying houses in her constituency for a wider M4, and I have not seen a budget for that either, so she can take it from me that there is no plan to widen the M4.”
The Maidenhead DfT information display – pushing the Heathrow 3rd runway – was taken over for its last 20 minutes by an invasion of anti- runway protesters. The DfT events are intended to give information to members of the public who want to know more about the runway plan. Unfortunately the displays are very focused on the alleged benefits of the runway, with very little information on its negative impacts. Generally the DfT staff who man the events are unable to answer questions about negative effects of the runway, in any detail. Campaigners from SHE (Stop Heathrow Expansion) with representatives from around 8 other groups, held a brief session to show up some of the gaps in information that the DfT is giving the public at these (20) sessions. Neil Keveren (SHE) pointed out some of the omitted information (like how little change to night flights is actually proposed, the effect of those whose homes will be compulsorily purchased, the health impacts of air pollution and the cost to the taxpayer of improvements to surface infrastructure). There is no info on any of those in the DfT panels. Others then chipped in with other information that the DfT should be including. The session ended with rousing chants of “No New Runways” and “Theresa May, What would your father say, NO 3rd runway” – and Neil singing, accompanied by his guitar, the song “This is our home, and we will stay. No 3rd runway”. Lyrics below. . Tweet
Third runway protesters chant and sing at Heathrow expansion consultation
By Grace Witherden
Third runway protesters took the chance to have their say on Heathrow’s expansion proposals with a staged demonstration on Tuesday night.
More than 20 protesters, made up of Royal Borough residents and anti-Heathrow expansion campaign groups gathered at the Heathrow consultation held at SportsAble.
Their demonstration included banners, masks and a Theresa May cardboard cut-out.
Taking the stand, Neil Keveren from Stop Heathrow Expansion spoke passionately about why there should be no third runway at Heathrow Airport as residents took it in turns to speak about concerns including climate change, the economy and the impact on the community.
Mr Keveren chanted: “Theresa May, what would your father say? No ifs, no buts, no third runway.”
During the day, more than 200 residents attended the consultation in Braywick Park, held by the Department for Transport, and got the chance to speak to officials about expanding airport capacity, the Airports National Policy Statement and other issues.
Earlier, on Friday, residents gathered at a consultation held in the Windsor Youth and Community Centre in Alma Road.
Alexandra Road resident Roger Bowden, 70, a technology worker, thought he had not been given enough information about pollution and noise. He said: “I was absolutely enraged, in a way.”
A 72-year-old ex-paratrooper, Ken Collins, who lives in St Marks Road, Windsor, said: “We could have aircraft coming over, making one hell of a din.”
He worried about the financial implications if the noise forced him to make adjustments to his house that would block out sounds from the planes.
“I am a pensioner,” he said. “I don’t have the salary.”
The Chamber of Commerce president and campaign group Back Heathrow also attended the Maidenhead consultation to have their say on the proposals.
Olu Odeniyi, President of Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce, said: “A new runway at Heathrow will significantly lift economic prospects for Maidenhead, the region and the country.
“It is right the government is consulting on this major infrastructure project. The Chamber will do all it can to ensure local businesses of all sizes are aware of the opportunities.”
Back Heathrow campaign manager Paul Cowling, who joined the delegation, said: “It’s fantastic that the government backs a new Heathrow runway but now it’s time for local people to have their say.
“These events are a great way for residents to find out more, express their support, ask questions or raise any concerns they may have.” [The problem with this is that the DfT exhibitions do not give residents the information they need on negative impacts of the runway – only positive impacts. It is highly questionable whether a local resident could get enough information about possible future impacts on them, to make a rational decision to support or oppose the runway. AW comment]
Protesters from the Rising Up group caused tailbacks on the M4 heading towards Heathrow airport, in their latest action against plans to build a third runway. A video posted by the group shortly before 8.30am shows a car blocking the Heathrow Tunnel that accesses Terminals 2 and 3. They draped a sign reading ‘No new runways’ over the car, and there was an activist lying next to the vehicle, locked to it, on the road. The Met police said officers attended the scene at 8.25am and arrested two people for obstructing a highway. The police said five people were arrested. Three protesters were locked to one of the vehicles and two were drivers of two cars. The tunnel was closed for over two hours, and the M4 spur road was also temporarily closed, while police worked with Heathrow Airport staff to remove the people locked to the third car. A contra-flow was put in place in the outbound tunnel to facilitate the movement of traffic around the blocked tunnel. There were delays in surrounding roads. Transport for London said just after 11am the tunnel re-opened. The protest follows a flashmob the group held at Heathrow on the weekend. . Tweet
Protesters arrested after Heathrow Airport tunnel blocked
Image copyrightRISING UPThe tunnel approach to Terminals 2 and 3 and the M4 spur road was closed
The main approach tunnel to Heathrow Airport was blocked by protesters objecting to plans for a third runway.
Three cars were parked across the road, with protesters chaining themselves to one of the vehicles at about 08:30 GMT.
The tunnel, which accesses Terminals 2 and 3, was shut for more than two hours while the M4 spur road was also temporarily closed.
Five people have been arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway, the Metropolitan Police said.
One of the protesters who was chained to the vehicle was taken to hospital as a precaution.
The disruption caused widespread delays, as traffic was diverted to the outbound tunnel at the airport.
A spokesman for the Rising Up campaign group said it was protesting against the impact a proposed third runway could have on climate change and the local area.
Heathrow Airport said: “Heathrow supports the right to peaceful protest within the law, but the safety and security of our passengers, aircraft and colleagues together with the smooth running of the operation is paramount.”
Campaign group Back Heathrow said the actions of the protesters were “selfish, short-sighted and counter-productive”.
A four-month public consultation into the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow is under way. Rising Up, which staged a similar protest last November, says if the runway goes ahead it will allow an extra 250,000 flights a year, causing carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the whole of Kenya’s.
Simon Bramwell, one of the activists involved in Tuesday’s action, said in a statement released by Rising Up that he also participated in the previous protest.
“I am breaking conditions imposed on me by the courts, following road blockades in November, but the government is not listening to the science or to our concerns,” he said. “They have left us with no alternative but to keep taking action. We will not stop until plans to build another runway are fully and finally shut down.”
A Rising Up spokesman told the Guardian: “History has shown that unless we can disrupt the status quo, the powers that be will say the right thing and kick doing the right thing down the road for as long as they can.”
He added: “The inconvenience of some people missing their flights is absolutely nothing compared to the inconvenience of your country being flattened by a typhoon.”
5 arrests after Plane Stupid block Heathrow tunnel for 3 hours using a van + activists locked onto it
November 26, 2015
The main road entrance tunnel to Heathrow’s Terminals 1 and 2 was blocked by climate change activists from Plane Stupid, for about 3 hours, from 7.40 this morning. Three activists parked a vehicle across both lanes of the entrance tunnel and locked themselves to it, unfurling a banner quoting David Cameron’s election promise in 2010: “No Ifs, No Buts: No Third Runway”. Five people were arrested, and the tunnel was finally cleared and the road re-opened by 1.30pm Some travellers may have been delayed or could have missed flights. Local resident Neil Keveren, a builder from Harmondsworth, whose house would be bulldozed for the 3rd runway, was fined after blocking the same tunnel with his van for half an hour on 2nd July, the day after the Airports Commission announcement. Neil said: “No one wants to do this. They feel they have to. People feel they have no choice. After we campaigned for years, David Cameron was elected promising ‘no ifs, no buts: no third runway’. …. We have tried every other option. We have been forced to be disobedient just to be heard. To save our homes and our planet.” There is already airport capacity for families taking a couple of trips per year, or wealthy foreign visitors to the UK, but a new runway would be for the most wealthy to take multiple leisure trips each year. Plane Stupid apologised for causing inconvenience, but believe the strong arguments against a Heathrow runway must be heard.
Protester whose Harmondsworth home would be destroyed by 3rd runway, blocks Heathrow tunnel for half an hour
July 2, 2015
A blockade of Heathrow’s road access tunnel to Terminals 2 and 3 brought traffic to a halt for more than half an hour at 12.45pm today. The protest follows yesterday’s announcement that the Airports Commission report recommends the building of 3rd runway at Heathrow. This would require the destruction of over 1,000 homes in Harmondsworth, Longford and Sipson with a further 3,000 homes made uninhabitable due to excessive noise and pollution. Neil Keveren, a Harmondsworth resident, used a large white van to block both lanes to incoming traffic. He then unfurled a banner that covered the side of his vehicle to face the stationary traffic saying, “Residents Against Expansion – No ifs, no buts, no third runway”. The banner refers to David Cameron’s pledge prior to the 2010 election. His entirely peaceful protest was only ever intended to last 20 minutes, to avoid disruption to the airport. His co-operation enabled the police to avoid an evacuation procedure that would have caused further disruption to traffic. Neil Keveren made it clear his action was a personal protest, and was not part of his role as Chair of the Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE) campaign group. However, his action were supported by many local residents and the local MP, John McDonnell.
On 5th August 2016 a group from “Black Lives Matter” blocked the M4 southbound spur road from junction 8 from around 8am. The road did not fully reopen until 12.30pm, causing a lot of traffic delays. At the road block, four of the protesters held a large black banner which said ‘This is a Crisis’ while six others formed a human chain on the ground, linking arms together using hollowed fire extinguishers filled with wire mesh and concrete. The activists were at Willesden Magistrates’ Court for their trial, at which 9 out of the 10 protesters were found guilty of wilful obstruction and ordered to pay fines. They were all ordered to pay between £261 and £523 in fines, according to Hodge Jones & Allen, the law firm representing them. Another protester had already accepted a caution. The protesters hoped that their protest got media attention and raised awareness of the issues – Heathrow’s 3rd runway will contribute to causing damage to health through both air pollution and carbon emissions. One defendant commented: “If people want to challenge us for causing a one-hour inconvenience, surely they’ll want to challenge a system that sees families wait over 20 years for justice?” Black Lives Matter is an international movement set up in the US. . Tweet
Heathrow Black Lives Matter protest: Nine people who blocked major airport route found guilty of wilful obstruction
Nine out of the 10 protesters, who were arrested following the incident on the M4 southbound spur road to the airport, were found guilty of wilful obstruction and ordered to pay fines
. 20 JAN 2017 (Get Surrey)
Nine Black Lives Matter protesters who caused “utter chaos” when they blocked a major road leading to Heathrow Airport have been found guilty of wilful obstruction of the highway.
The demonstrators chanted ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘If they do not give us justice, we won’t give them peace’ when they blocked the M4 southbound spur road on August 5 last year , Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard.
The route leading to the busy airport was blocked from junction 8 from around 8am and did not fully reopen until 12.30pm.
Four of the protesters held a large black banner which said ‘This is a Crisis’ while six others formed a human chain on the ground, linking arms together using hollowed fire extinguishers filled with wire mesh and concrete.
The nine people on trial, who said they were Black Lives Matter campaigners, had denied wilfully obstructing the highway.
The defendants were Sita Balani, 29, of Southwark, south-east London; Liam Barrington-Bush, 32, and Aditi Jaganathan, 27, both of Tottenham, north London; Ewa Jasiewicz, 38, of Tower Hamlets, east London; Naomi Mabita, 23, from Manchester; Aadam Muuse, 24, of no fixed address; Alison Playford, 38, of Greenford, Middlesex; Joshua Virasami, 26, of Hounslow, west London; and Mark Weaver, 36, of Beverley, East Yorkshire.
They were all ordered to pay between £261 and £523 in fines, according to Hodge Jones & Allen, the law firm representing them.
Another protester, Taylor Offoh, 20, of Penge, south-east London, had already accepted a caution.
Speaking after the conviction, Virasami said: “The media is reporting about Black Lives Matter and racism in our country today because protest works. This protest worked.
“A conversation around the violence of institutional racism has been reignited, but a simple conversation is never enough.”
Co-defendant Mabita said: “If people want to challenge us for causing a one-hour inconvenience, surely they’ll want to challenge a system that sees families wait over 20 years for justice?”
Raj Chada, who represented the activists, said they were “disappointed in the verdict” but that the focus should remain on the issues they were protesting about.
Arresting officer Sergeant Christopher Jackson told the court: “It was utter chaos, to be honest. The first thing my attention was drawn to was a huge amount of stationary traffic on the southbound lanes.
“People were out of their cars shouting at the protesters who were in the road, and the people laying on the floor.
“There were people who seemed to know the protesters but were not involved in it stood on the side of the road.
“Members of the public were angry and shouting at the protesters.”
Black Lives Matter is an international movement set up in the US following the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.
It began as a way to unite the African-American community to campaign against violence and alleged systematic racism towards black people.
The protest marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man who was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London, sparking riots across England.
The 4th runway at Frankfurt was opened in October 2011. Due to re-alignment of flight paths, with thousands of people either newly overflown, or with more flights than before, there was uproar. The airport had not felt it necessary to warn people, or consult about the noise. Several thousand people started to congregate in the airport terminal every Monday evening, for a protest demo. (The airport buildings are public property, so the airport cannot prevent people gathering.). The 100th Monday demo was on 20th May 2014, when a group from the UK attended. Now the 200th Monday demo will take place on Monday 30th January, and a large crowd is expected. Politicians from the local area and from the region, as well as for Berlin, will be attending. The demands of the protesters are ultimately that the runway is closed down (though that is an ambitious, or unrealistic hope….) but they want no night flights from 10pm to 6am, no further airport expansion, and no 3rd terminal. Work to build the 3rd terminal started in October 2015, and the airport hopes it will open (first phase) in 2022. It is an astonishing achievement that Frankfurt residents have organised 200 Monday protests, all attended by many hundreds of people – sometimes several thousand. The demos are possible because people are so upset and angry about the noise burden that has been inflicted on them, reducing their quality of life. . Tweet
The 200th Monday Demo will take place in Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 on 30th January 2017
5th January 2017
200.te Monday Demo: on 30 January 2017
The poster says “Together to Success!” and “Join in!”
[Approximate translation from the German].
The alliance of citizens’ initiatives (BBI) gets together with the Action against traffic noise, Pro Rhine Valley, the BUND Hessen, nature lovers Frankfurt, Robin Wood, Greenpeace , Attac Frankfurt and the GEW Hessen to the 200th Montagsdemo [ Monday Demonstration ].
The meeting point is at Terminal 1 of tFrankfurt Airport from 18:00.
Since 1998, the BBI has been active against airport expansion. For more than 5 years now, residents have been demonstrating on Monday evenings against the airport, which is not compatible with this area.
Despite the promises “never to build outside the fence” 10 years ago the airport again expanded into the forest, and the BBI and the nature conservation associations were active again. On 20 October 2011, the Chancellor opened the new northwest runway – the 4th at Frankfurt.
We have brought in people from neighbours affected by the noise and concerned about their sleep. Since then, the fight by citizens’ groups has intensified on all fronts against this inhuman policy.
At the 200th Monday demonstrations we are calling on the airport owner Fraport. We want:
No further expansion!
No 3rd terminal!
No night flights. No flights (take offs or landings) between 22.00 and 06.00!
Close the runway!
Also invited are all politicians from the local level, from the region, and from Berlin.
The main speaker is Uwe Hiksch from “Naturfreunden” in Berlin. He will travel by train, not by air.
The event is musically accompanied by the brass band “Rheingold” from Mainz. Following the “official” part of the demo, we invite people to stay a bit longer, for drinks and wine and Krebbel or pretzels (from Mainz), to discuss and to make future plans. The event does not end until 19:30-19:45.
Flyer (A5) and posters (A1 and A3) can be obtained on the next Mondaysdemos from 09.01.2017. Or Wed to Fri from 10 am to 7 pm, Sat from 10 am to 4 pm at antikum, Weber Str. 13 a in Mainz. 06131-23 87 15
In 2009, the German government decided to create third terminals for both Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport, in order to handle expected passenger flows of 90 million in Frankfurt by 2020 and 50 million in Munich by 2017.
The new terminal is scheduled to be built by Fraport, south of the existing terminals on the grounds of the former Rhein-Main Air Base. The new Terminal 3 is to accommodate up to 25 million passengers and will feature 75 new aircraft positions when completely constructed. An extension of the SkyLine people mover system is planned to connect the new terminal to Terminals 1 and 2 and the airport train stations.
In August 2014, the city of Frankfurt granted building permission for the first phase of Terminal 3. The groundbreaking for the new Terminal took place on 5 October 2015. Its first phase, consisting of the main building and two of the planned four piers, is planned to open by 2022 and will be able to handle 15 million additional passengers per year. Total costs are estimated at €3 billion.
Residents around Frankfurt hold their 150th huge Monday evening protest against aircraft noise
September 29, 2015
On Monday 28th September, the 150th Monday evening protest against aircraft noise, due to the new runway, took place at Frankfurt airport. The new 4th runway was opened in October 2011, to the north west of the airport, and caused not only new flight paths but changes to existing flight paths. People had not been expecting the noise problem to be so bad. As soon as the runway opened, residents starting protesting against the noise – that was stopping them sleeping, reducing their quality of life, preventing them enjoying relaxing outside under flight paths, and reducing the prices of their homes. They started protests in the airport Terminal 1 (almost) every Monday evening. These are attended by between about 600 and 3,000 people. That is an astonishing achievement, and manifestation of real anger and determination by the thousands affected by plane noise. They are concerned now that the protests are seen to be becoming routine, and there is some appetite for more radical action, especially now that work is due to start very soon on a deeply opposed 3rd airport terminal. The style of protesting may perhaps now change. In German airport buildings are public property, so protesters are entitled to congregate in the terminal.
Protesters set up camp in forest due to be cleared for Frankfurt airport 3rd terminal and access road
September 1, 2015
The operator of Frankfurt airport, Fraport, is planning a 3rd terminal, as it claims this is needed for it to remain competitive against other European hub airports. This new terminal would add enough capacity for 14 million more passengers a year when it opens in the first half of 2022. The airport can currently handle 64 million, but Fraport says there will be demand for 68 million to 73 million passengers by 2021. Over 4 days, airport protesters set up a camp in the nearby Treburger Oberwald forest, that is to be cleared in the course of the construction of a third terminal at Frankfurt airport. The peaceful event, “Forest instead of concrete,” organised by the group, Robin Wood, made the point that not only would be increased number of flights increase the carbon emissions of German aviation, but the loss of some 60 hectares of forest for the terminal and access road would also increase CO2. The protesters also hang up a banner in protest outside the concrete and gravel supplier Sehring, which profits from the environmentally damaging construction projects. Before the construction of the new north-west runway, the activists had occupied trees in Kelsterbach Forest for 9 months until their camp was cleared in February 2009 by the police.
Noise demonstration blasts 80 dB recorded plane noise outside home of Frankfurt airport CEO for 2 hours
March 1, 2015
As a protest against the level of aircraft noise that people living near Frankfurt airport are exposed to – especially since the opening of the 4th runway in October 2011 – people have bombarded the home of the airport Chief Executive, Stefan Schulte, with noise. Citizens in a convoy of about 40 cars parked outside his house, in a small town north of Frankfurt,. They set up loudspeakers and ghetto blasters in their cars, and rolled down the car windows in order to blast out noise, at about 80 decibels. That is loudest the police allowed them to use. The noise went on for two hours, with two breaks. The protest was by people living in areas across Rhein-Main who are badly affected by noise from flight paths. The noise they used was of planes, recorded at Niederrad Sachsenhausen, which is an area about 3 km to the north east of the airport. After some time of the noise bombardment, the CEO’s automatic garage door opened, and he set off in his car for work at the airport. One of the protesters commented that they did not understand how Herr Schulte is able to say society must just endure such levels of noise. Asked if the protest had been successful, one protester commented that it had been if the media and more members of the public are aware of the issue.
The 4th runway at Frankfurt airport was opened in October 2011. The flightpaths for this runway overfly thousands of residents in the Frankfurt, many of whom had not previously been overflown. They suddenly found the noise of aircraft overhead every few minutes, relentlessly (day after day, week after week) for most of the day intolerable. Other areas were also affected by changes to flight paths. Ever since the opening, the people of Frankfurt have absolutely refused to accept this, and have campaigned continuously and relentlessly. They hold unique and remarkable protests, almost every Monday night, in the airport terminal. These are attended by well over 1,000 people, every time. On 19th May, the 100th airport terminal protest was held, with around 4,000 (maybe more) protesters. Some campaigners from the Heathrow and Gatwick campaigns went out (by train) to show solidarity and share this remarkable achievement with their German friends. John Stewart, Chair of HACAN and of AirportWatch, addressed the protest, saying they were making aviation history, and the tenacity, persistence and determination of the opposition to Frankfurt flights is increasingly a matter of concern to the aviation industry.
What respectable residents get up to in Frankfurt every Monday evening in the airport terminal! The opponents of the hated 4th runway at Frankfurt continue to occupy the airport terminal almost every Monday evening. This is their 94th, on March 25th. This a great bit of video. They attack the runway mock-up, taking it in turns (to a background chorus of “Die Bahn Muss Weg) = the runway must go ) to don safety goggles and a hard hat, to shatter the runway into pieces with a sledge hammer. And a lot of passion. Hilarious. Spectacular and entertaining video
On Monday, opponents of the Frankfurt 4th runway celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their weekly protests
Date added: October 23, 2013
At Frankfurt, the Monday evening protests continue. They have just had, on Monday 21st, the second anniversary of the start of the protests. There have been so far a total of 75 Monday evening airport protests, and 19 vigils. Some of the terminal protests (German airport terminals are deemed to be public property, so people cannot legally be prevented from gathering there) had over 1,000 people. This week it was perhaps 250, but still noisy and determined. Residents now suffering aircraft noise, and an incomplete night fight ban say Fluglarm macht krank (aircraft noise makes you sick) and fear they are not only unproductive at work, and stressed, but also suffering health impacts from the noise and disturbed sleep. They are deeply opposed to the proposed plans to build a third airport terminal, which they say is not needed, and which would only contribute to pressure for yet more flights. Asian travellers passing through the airport are reported to be amazed and bemused, and take photos of the protests to send back home to their friends and family. Local politicians know the airport, and any expansion, is a toxic issue for voters.
Twelve campaigners will face no penalty, and were given conditional discharges, after staging a protest near Heathrow against airport expansion. A small group of people ran on to the M4 and A4 roads and lay down in front of oncoming traffic, causing a temporary disruption – under half an hour – on 19th November. Fifteen of them, aged between 21 and 67, were charged with wilful obstruction of the highway. At a hearing at Ealing magistrates court 12 of them pleaded guilty and were given a conditional discharge. They were told they would each have to pay a victim surcharge and prosecution costs of £105. The court heard their motivations were fears about air pollution potentially caused by a third runway at Heathrow, the urgency of climate change and social inequality. The district judge Stephen Day pointed out they were all of good character and had no previous convictions. He said “…I have read your references which talk about you in glowing terms” The court heard that police knew a protest had been organised. One of the activists said: “This is not the end. We will continue to fight until the government takes meaningful action to tackle climate change, and that includes not building a third runway.” Two protesters pleaded not guilty, and will be tried on 6th and 7th February.
Heathrow runway activists face no penalty over motorway protest
Campaigners who pleaded guilty to wilful obstruction of M4 and A4 roads given conditional discharges
Twelve campaigners will face no penalty after staging a protest near Heathrow against airport expansion.
A small group of people ran on to the M4 and A4 roads and lay down in front of oncoming traffic, causing a temporary disruption on 19 November. Fifteen of them, aged between 21 and 67, were charged with wilful obstruction of the highway.
At a hearing at Ealing magistrates court on Thursday, 12 of them pleaded guilty and were given a conditional discharge. They were told they would each have to pay a victim surcharge and prosecution costs of £105.
The court heard their motivations were fears about air pollution potentially caused by a third runway at Heathrow, the urgency of climate change and social inequality.
The district judge Stephen Day pointed out they were all of good character and had no previous convictions.
The prosecutor, Richard Doolan, said the protesters were joined together by plastic tubing and some of the defendants had to be cut free. They were removed from the road in less than half an hour, he said. The court heard that police knew a protest had been organised.
Those sentenced after pleading guilty were Madeleine Ellis-Petersen, 24, of Ealing; Joanne Louise Bodimeade, 28, of Lambeth; Alexis Delage, 25, of Lewisham; Tom Venner-Woodcock, 29, of Southwark; and Tess Lotter, 30, of Camden, all in London. Also sentenced were Antoine Thalmann, 25, and Henry Owen, 23, both of Oxford; Simon Bramwell, 44, of Stroud, Gloucestershire; Ian Bray, 49, of Kirklees, West Yorkshire; Graham Lewis, 53, of Wells, Somerset; Thomas Harford, 26, of Bristol; and Sibi Moore, 21, of Sidmouth, Devon.
Lewis wore a white shirt in court which said: “Plane crazy runway hell.” He also intervened at one point in proceedings to say he was a “trainee Buddha”.
Speaking after the sentencing, Ellis-Petersen said: “It’s a great result within the realms of what we were expecting.”
She added: “This is not the end. We will continue to fight until the government takes meaningful action to tackle climate change, and that includes not building a third runway.”
Asked if she would stage a similar protest again, she said: “If that’s what it takes.”
The court heard the defendants were involved in voluntary work with charities and in the community.
Earlier, Isabelle Anderson, 30, of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, and Sophia Lysaczanko, 28, of Haringey in London, pleaded not guilty to wilful obstruction. They will both go on trial at Uxbridge magistrates court, Anderson on 6 February and Lysaczanko the following day.
Margaret Charnley, 67, of Bristol, was not at the hearing because she was excused from attending, but a lawyer indicated a plea of not guilty.
Twelve campaigners who blocked roads near Heathrow airport in a protest against the planned third runway hailed a ‘great result’ after escaping with conditional discharges today.
They all admitted one charge of wilfully obstructing a highway on November 19th this year when they appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court in west London.
Simon Bramwell, 44, Ian Bray, 49, Graham Lewis, 53, Thomas Harford, 26, Sibi Moore, 21, Madeleine Ellis-Petersen, 24, Antoine Thalmann, 25, Henry Owen, 24, Joanne Louise Bodimeade, 28, Alexis Delage, 25, Tom Venner-Woodcock, 29, and 30-year-old Tess Lotter all received a 12 month conditional discharge.
Joanne Bodimeade hugs a supporter before she received a condition discharge for protesting
Some of the group had scrawled messages on their shirts as they prepared to face magistrates
Demonstrators cheer ahead of the hearing this morning. They all got condition discharges
Speaking after the hearing, surrounded by supporters who had been outside court since this morning holding banners, Madeleine Ellis-Petersen welcomed the sentence.
Ms Ellis-Petersen said: ‘It was a great result within the realms of what were were expecting.
‘However this is not the end we will continue to fight until the government takes meaningful action to tackle climate change and that includes not building a third runway.’
Richard Doolan, prosecuting, had told the court the protesters were split into two groups, one going to the M4 spur road, and the other going onto the A4 Bath Road, near the airport.
He said: ‘The first five defendants entered the A4 Bath Road from the Holiday Inn hotel and lay down in the road blocking it. They were joined together with plastic tubes.
‘Some of the defendants had to be cut away by the authorities, before they were arrested for wilfully obstructing a highway.
‘The other group of nine entered the M4 and also lay down in the road blocking it. They had again locked armed with plastic tubes.
‘All the defendants were removed from the road in less than half an hour by the police. The protest took place between 11am and 12pm.’
Campaigners held banners aloft today as they arrived to face charges over blocking the M4
Those charged and their supporters held a demonstration outside the west London court
A group of campaigners joined hands ahead of the hearing in Ealing this morning
Mike Schwarz, speaking for the defence, said the defendants were angry at MPs decisions regarding the runway, concerned about the increase in air pollution as a result of more planes over London and the social inequality it may cause.
Mr Schwarz added: ‘They say they acted for moral or even spiritual reasons to stand of for this injustice.’
In mitigation the court heard all the defendants were active campaigners on a range of issues and did a large amount of work in the community.
During the mitigation Lewis, who is unemployed, told the court he was a ‘trainee Buddha’ while doing voluntary work for families in his area.
Judge Stephen Day said: ‘You have all pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and for that you will receive credit.
‘All of you are of good character with no previous convictions and I have read your references which talk about you in glowing terms.
‘For this offence I shall order a conditional discharge.’
The protesters laid on roads near the airport, joining themselves together with plastic tubes
They were removed from the road in less than half an hour by the police, the court heard
Heathrow boss: ‘Third runway will make the airport better’
All 12 defendants were ordered to pay £20 victim surcharge and Â£85 prosecution costs.
Asked if they would carry out a similar protest again, she said: ‘If that is what it takes.’
The group of 12 were welcomed outside court by their supporters, and they were all wearing Tshirts which said ‘#NONEWRUNWAYS: GUILTY OF PROTECTING OUT PLANET’.
At the end of the hearing Harford, 26, of Bristol, pleaded not guilty to possession of a class A drug, namely heroin on the day of the protest, and elected for a Crown Court trial.
He was granted unconditional bail, to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on January 19.
15 people arrested in protest against proposed 3rd runway, blocking two roads close to Heathrow
November 19, 2016
In addition to a rally held on Richmond Green, organised by Zac Goldsmith, against the planned 3rd Heathrow runway there were two other protests near Heathrow. Zac’s rally had a host of speakers, including the leaders of the four councils bringing a legal challenge to the government, and the ex-President of the Maldives – with the aim of ensuring Zac is returned to Parliament in the by-election on 1st December. A short while later, there was an action by climate protesters, organised by RisingUp! close to Heathrow itself. They got onto the M4 spur road to the airport at a traffic lights when the traffic had stopped. Within seconds five had locked themselves together with arm locks, blocking the road. Another Heathrow road, the East Ramp, was also blocked, for a short time, with some road trips slightly delayed, but no flights were affected. Fifteen arrests were made for obstructing the highway or public order offences. Many others protested, though without blocking a road. A spokesman for Rising Up! said: “The government’s decisions to expand Heathrow, despite mass opposition from local residents and the fact that doing so is incompatible with the UK’s own laws on climate change, leaves us with no morally acceptable option but to resist.” One of the protesters taking part in the demonstration, Genny Scherer, 70, said: “It’s one or the other: new runways or a safe climate. I want my nephews and nieces to grow up in a safe climate, just like I was able to.”