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United Kingdom: Objectors unite on Heathrow plan

Source:  Copyright 2008, BBC
Date:  February 26, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Thousands of residents, politicians and environmentalists have pledged to resist plans to extend Heathrow.

Organisers said 3,000 people attended a meeting at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was among the speakers from all three major political parties who voiced their opposition.

He said "no, no, no" to plans for a third runway and a sixth terminal. Earlier, Greenpeace activists staged a protest at the airport.

Among proposals for the airport are a 2,200m third runway built north of Heathrow by 2020, with a sixth terminal, which will require the destruction of an entire village.

Critics have said more than 50 communities and towns will suffer increased noise.

Mr Clegg asked the Westminster meeting: "Where is the box that simply says no, no, no?

"Illness, stress, congestion, climate change - how can the government ...

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