Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A reprieve for the Punk Horses.

Remember this picture?


It’s where the Punk Horses live and this row of orange posts appeared a month or so ago. It marked out where one of the planned extra runways at Heathrow Airport would have been built. It is also a site of special scientific interest.

It would have cut my home village in two, cut across the M25 orbital motorway’s 12 lane section, crossed two reservoirs and take off would have been over Ankerwycke and Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed.

Now we have had the recommendations from the so called ‘independent’ commissioner’s report and it’s not been chosen. The open spaces where the Punk Horses live are saved.

I’m not celebrating – Harmondsworth will be demolished (a medieval village) with it's surrounding areas. Slough, Sipson and Colnbrook are threatened and everyone in West London will have to put up with more pollution and noise; there will be more flights and more night flights too.

The fight continues.

As soon as they get a third runway, a fourth will be demanded soon after.

This area of land on the edge of London has been a target of developers since the 1950’s when the proposal was to build ‘Motopia’ on the site. That was ‘Motor Utopia’ and would have been a new city of apartments all linked by motorways built on the roofs of the blocks.

Twenty years ago it was to be the site of a proposed shopping centre that would have been the biggest in Europe.

But for now the Punk Horses and me still roam free.

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

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