At 2pm on February 3rd, to mark the end of the current consultation by the Airports Commission, a cross-party group of MPs, accompanied by campaigners from across London (including Teddington Action Group), handed in a letter to Number 10 urging the Prime Minister to stick to his promise made before the 2010 General Election, “No ifs; no buts; there will be no third runway.” A larger group of anti-third runway campaigners also gathered in Whitehall outside the gates of Downing Street. They included people from the Heathrow villages whose homes will be demolished if a new runway is built as well as members of the Green Party and UKIP.
John Stewart, chair of the campaign group HACAN, said, “We are deliberately targeting Downing Street because the decision about a new runway will be a political one. The politicians can override whatever recommendations the Airports Commission will come up with in the summer.”
Stewart added, “This event once again demonstrates the cross-party nature of the opposition to a third runway. It also shows the geographical spread of the current problems caused by Heathrow which can only get worse if a new runway is built. Representatives of groups from as far apart as Brockley and Teddington will be going into Downing Street.”