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COUNCIL SUPPORTS AIRPORT EXPANSION PROTEST

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Hundreds of protestors will take to the streets tomorrow to voice their opposition to expansion at Heathrow in a de...
Hundreds of protestors will take to the streets tomorrow to voice their opposition to expansion at Heathrow in a demonstration supported by Hounslow LBC.

Saturday will see local authorities, campaigners and concerned residents marching together from Hounslow to Harmondsworth, to mark the first-ever European Day of Action on airport growth. The event has been heralded by organisers as 'the biggest show of unity ever against further expansion at Heathrow'.

A colourful collection of floats, advertising vans and banners will highlight protestors' concerns about plans to build a third runway, replace runway alternation with mixed mode and remove the annual cap on flight numbers.

Hounslow LBC will use the demonstration to highlight its demands for quieter schools, quieter homes, quieter nights and cleaner air as part of its continued campaign to 'give Hounslow what Hounslow needs'.

Barbara Reid, lead member for aviation, said:

'The council is very concerned about the environmental impact of airport growth on local residents. We recognise Heathrow's contribution to the local economy, but it is clear that the site has now reached the limits of its sustainable development.

'We are supporting this demonstration because we are determined to end the community blight caused by the airport. It is a show of strength that sends a very clear message to the government - Hounslow has had enough, it's time to look beyond Heathrow and find a sustainable solution to the growing demand for air travel.'

Further demonstrations and rallies will be taking place in the UK and across eight other European countries.

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