Supporters of the controversial plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport claim a new report proves the development is essential.

The report, by York Aviation will come as a blow to the growing number of protest groups set up to fight the plan – which would mean the loss of a village and possibly thousands of homes in other nearby areas.

Greenpeace, which is backing protest groups, held a special climate camp conference over the weekend to discuss what could be done if the government approves the runway plan – and said it would discuss all suggestions, from mass mailings to mass direct action – so clearly, the gloves are coming off !

However, AOL News said today that a report commissioned from York Aviation concludes that the runway is “the obvious solution” to airport congestion and London Chamber of Commerce claims the report proves beyond doubt that the runway is vital for business

The report says an alternative plan, to extend Stansted Airport, would be a less effective answer but concedes that a third runway at Heathrow is likely to have the most significant cost in terms of environmental impact.

Greenpeace says it wants the Heathrow protest to become “the biggest NO the world has ever seen” and is calling on environmentalists to join the campaign against the third runway.

You can find out more about the Greenpeace protest here – and there are also links to other campaign groups involved.



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