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About SHE

S.H.E is a resident-led campaign organisation opposing any expansion of Heathrow Airport including the proposed third runway. S.H.E has three main aims:

1. Stop expansion at Heathrow - no more runways;  no increase in flights beyond the current cap.

2. Reduce both air and noise pollution from Heathrow Airport

3. Preserve our community life and heritage

Established in 2014,  S.H.E is campaigning for a better quality of life for all residents free from the threat of their homes being demolished or pollution harming their children.The expansion of Heathrow in terms of both runways and flights are a constant strain on our community. For decades various stages of expansion and the constant threat of more to follow have condemned residents to an ever-diminishing quality of life.Noise from aircraft wakes residents in the early hours or makes it hard for children to hear in class. Pollution from planes makes the area around Heathrow one of the unhealthiest places to live in the UK. And the threat of a third runway means people live with the very real possibility of having to leave their community to make room for more planes, more pollution and more noise. S.H.E says no more.

S.H.E. is protecting our community; fighting to save it from destruction

S.H.E wants communities that can look forward to a future without the threat of Heathrow expansion

S.H.E wants the right to a decent night's sleep

S.H.E wants clean air not pollution

S.H.E wants children to hear their lessons not deafening aircraft noise

S.H.E wants our elected politicians to put people before profits for foreign companies

S.H.E wants areas around Heathrow to be lifted from the constant threat of expansion.

SHE: Campaign Video

Stop Heathrow Expansion wants to stop Heathrow’s expansion and here are the reasons why. Please share on social media..

History of the Campaign

We’ve been here before…….and won!

Villagers taking on the might of Heathrow Airport and succeeding.  It sounds like an impossible task but everything seems impossible until someone does it.  We beat the big boys.

OK, they have raised their ugly heads again but this time we know the score.  We need to make sure that this time we push for firm commitments not vague promises.  “No Ifs, No Buts” must mean “Never, Ever”.

The villages were part of the famous campaign which stopped the last Government’s plan for a third runway. Villages joined up with residents across London and environmentalists.  They were backed by MPs from all parties, including the three MPs in Hillingdon. They were also backed by a huge number of councils including Hillingdon and Hounslow. That campaign demonstrated to people around the world that politicians can be made to listen to the arguments so that common sense and justice can prevail.


We stopped the Sipson 3rd Runway in the courts in 2010;
We will do it again!

In 1971 there was the HMSO, Report, Commission on the Third London Airport [Roskill Commission], said Heathrow must never expand and recommended 4 airport sites for london.

In 1969 there was the Edwards Report, and before that.... {see blue writing below}

Airport expansion will be an election issue regardless of the fact that a decision on a third runway won’t be taken until after the General Election in May 2015.  The Government has set up the Airports Commission to recommend where expansion should take place in London and the South East but it is not due to report until summer 2015.  There is no chance that voters will ignore the threat to their quality of life when they go to the ballot box.   Anyway, whatever the Davies Commission says, the Government doesn’t need to go along with it.  If you stand for election you can’t sit on the fence. 

SHE is not waiting to see what the new Government decides regarding airport expansion.  The fight has begun.  Even if the government opts to expand Gatwick, Heathrow bosses are likely to push for further expansion at Heathrow as well by claiming that the airports serve different markets.  This is not just a fight by Heathrow villagers, we are joining with other groups to combine our strength.  Many members of the last successful campaign are with us again and refuse to be beaten.  Join us.

Campaigning together, we won before. Working together, we can do it again!

Why a 3rd runway is a bad idea

There are so many reasons why a 3rd runway should not be built at Heathrow:

1. It would destroy at least 783 homes. (This is the figure supplied by The Davies Commission based on Heathrow’s proposals.) Longford who’ll be totally destroyed and little would be left of Harmondsworth.  Sipson homes would be unbearably close to the airport perimeter. One street of more than 60 houses is surrounded on three sides by the airport perimeter fence!  SHE believes that homes in other local areas will be unliveable.  On 1st December 2014 Heathrow announced that they would offer to buy around 3,750 homes if a third runway is given the go-ahead.  However, it is clear to everyone that the amount of money allocated for compensation and mitigation is totally insufficient.

There are no plans to rehouse any of the people displaced by airport expansion.

2. It would create an appalling noise climate for many people. A new runway means a new flight path. It would be just north of the existing flight path.  Sipson, Harlington, Heston, Brentford,  Bedford Park and Hammersmith would be in the front-line. As would Langley and Eton. Already 750,000 are impacted by aircraft noise from Heathrow. Astonishingly, that is 28% of all people affected right across Europe. Just think what could happen when the number of planes increases by 250,000 a year.

3. Air pollution would be a problem. Already levels in some places close to Heathrow are above the legal limits set by the European Union. Even with cleaner planes coming on-stream, there is no guarantee that the limits will come down by the time  a third runway would expect to open in 2026 or so.

4. More planes = more passengers = more car traffic. Although public transport will improve when the likes of Crossrail opens, the motorways and local roads around Heathrow will continue to have big traffic problems. Heathrow are so worried about the situation that they are saying a congestion charging scheme may need to be brought in.

And we must remember car traffic will  increase anyway across West London even without a new runway because of all the new developments that are likely to come on-stream such as the RAF Uxbridge site with 1300 new dwellings, the Southall gasworks site with 3700 new homes and, above all, the planned Park Royal City development with its 12,000 new homes.

5.  It would exacerbate the risk of flooding.  A third runway would be built over 5 rivers and would also involve concreting over Harmondsworth Moor which acts as a kind of giant sponge for rainwater.

6.  It would damage the climate.  If a 3rd runway was built, Heathrow Airport would become one of the biggest sources of CO2 – the climate change gas – in the country.

Won’t Heathrow close down if it doesn’t get a new runway?

The answer is as firm NO. Heathrow itself is quite clear on this. Heathrow will remain as a successful and busy two-runway airport. The only threat to Heathrow would come from a big new Estuary Airport, which the Davies Commission has already ruled out. There is no other threat to it.

The only group suggesting that Heathrow will close is Back Heathrow, which has been set up and funded by the airport.  Press reports state that it has already received a six-figure sum for set up and running costs, including widespread mail shots, questionnaires and opinion polls.  It looks as if Heathrow has set up the group to distance itself from various discredited tactics used in previous campaigns – such as making promises that can’t be kept.  Back Heathrow’s assertion that the airport risks closure without expansion has led to many airport workers feeling they must support an increase in noise and pollution in order to keep their jobs.

A 3rd runway – not just a local problem

A 3rd runway would decimate the villages but, on a wider level, it would do nothing for the planet. Aviation is the fastest growing contributor to CO2 which causes climate change. To have any chance of stopping serious climate change we must cut our CO2 big time. The Government has a target for industries to make huge cuts to the CO2 they produce by 2050. Aviation, because it is so dependent on fossil fuels, gets off more lightly than any other industry. A third runway would mean that aviation would struggle to meet even its more lenient target.

The following is from:-

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