Nearly 200 residents packed out Brentford Free Church last night (Tuesday 21 March) to attend the first public meeting by local anti-Heathrow expansion group BASH Runway 3 (1).
Speakers included Brentford & Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury, John Stewart from anti-expansion group HACAN and Maggie Thorburn from West London Friends of the Earth.
The meeting covered a wide range of topics relating to Heathrow expansion, including increased congestion of local roads, expansion of the M4, local air quality, the substantial increase in aircraft noise with a new 3rd runway flight path, as well as air quality falling below legal limits and the perceived lack of opposition to the plans from Hounslow Council.
Dave Waller, Chair of BASH Runway 3, who chaired the meeting, said: "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."
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, said: "It was good to see so many constituents coming together to oppose Runway 3. Together, we'll see off the threat to our area for good."
"Heathrow expansion means hundreds of thousands of people not currently under a flight path will be overflown for the first time. Tens of thousands of people will be Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley, Chiswick and Hounslow.
“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.”
BASH Runway 3 was established in January 2017 after a group of concerned residents came together to take action to oppose Heathrow expansion. The group has since made contact with many hundreds of residents who have offered their support. More activities are planned in coming weeks.