Planning and Development (Heathrow)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:36 pm on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 7:36 pm, 16th July 2008

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the supporters of the campaign to save Cherry Lane cemetery. The background to the petition is that the British Airports Authority has submitted its proposals to extend Heathrow airport, and the road proposals linked to the airport. The roads run through Cherry Lane cemetery, which is the only operational cemetery within my constituency, and is where many of my constituents have buried their loved ones.

The campaign to save the cemetery has collected 8,000 signatures online and in hard copy. I wish to pay tribute to the campaigners and the campaign team, in particular Natasha La Mothe and her mother and family friends who have collected so many signatures on the petition.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The Petition of the Supporters of the Campaign to Save Cherry Lane Cemetery,

Declares that the proposal by the British Airports Authority to construct an access road to the proposed Third Runway and Sixth Terminal at Heathrow Airport through Cherry Lane Cemetery, which is the only functioning cemetery in this part of the London Borough of Hillingdon, is an act of outrageous, sacrilegious destruction, which is causing considerable distress to the families of loved ones buried at the cemetery and concern to the local community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government to reject this proposal and safeguard this site.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]


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