Harmondsworth Great Barn Open Day event - Sunday 12th April
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A huge artwork created by Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE), was used on Sunday 12th April to show Harmondsworth residents how a new airport boundary would cut through their village.

The painted canvas depicts a wire airport perimeter fence, in front of an imposing aircraft with a control tower in the background. Two solitary residents, shown as silhouettes in the foreground, look through the fence at what was once their village.

As part of the Great Barn Open Day event, the portable canvas was unveiled in Cambridge Close. If Heathrow’s North West option for a third runway is given the go ahead, the Close would be demolished together with all the homes and businesses to the south of the published boundary line, including the primary school. Current plans indicate The Crown public house and properties lining the village green would be left.

Neil Keveren, SHE’s Chair, unveiled the artwork with the assistance of two climate change protestors dressed as polar bears. Representatives from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Plane Stupid, Transition Heathrow and HACAN, showed their support by placing their logos on the painted fence.

Local politicians and parliamentary candidates from the Labour, Conservative, UKIP and Green parties also joined villagers to pledge their support for the anti-expansion campaign.

SHE hopes to take the canvas on its folding frame to various locations before the Davies Commission announces its recommendation in June.

The day also marked the unveiling of a huge painted canvas to demonstrate how the proposed new boundary for the airport would cut the village green in half. While a small section of the village would remain, including the Great Barn and St Mary’s Church, almost everything on the other side of the road would be buried under concrete. Clearly there would be insufficient residents left to sustain the businesses that include pubs and shops so fairly quickly the whole village would disappear.

Stop Heathrow Expansion

We know that a third runway at Heathrow is undeliverable so villagers want to ensure that, while fighting expansion, plans continue to be made for a thriving future without any more runways or runway extensions.

Further Great Barn Open Days, which usually simply involve access to the barn (although some more special events are being considered):