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Disturb Them Not Mr Grayling

Having been offline so to speak since last October I was looking for an opportunity to blog again but was struggling to find something truly meaningful, something to which I could write passionately about.  Well thanks to  Prime Minister,Theresa May, and her Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, such an opportunity has presented itself.

A few weeks ago the Government announced that despite David Cameron’s previous stance to the contrary, they were going to support expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport and allow the building of a third runway. Many column inches have been written and many debates on television and radio have taken place since then and I don’t intend to dwell any further on previously made arguments. I will however declare my opposition to the plans by stating that I come from the area which will be severely affected by any further expansion, and that having spent seven years of my working life airside at Heathrow itself, it will be a gigantic environmental and logistical nightmare to build in the first place never mind the destruction of ancient villages in its intended path.

My main objection however is a more personal one; namely the threat building a third runway poses to Cherry Lane Cemetery which is situated just north of the eastbound carriageway of the M4 Motorway and adjacent to the area earmarked for expansion. This cemetery marks my parents final resting place as well as the resting place of other relatives and family friends whom I knew from childhood. Although what is known about the plans do not currently appear to affect the cemetery, I remain deeply sceptical as do others that this will continue to be the case. Therefore I wrote the following poem addressed to Chris Grayling, making it clear that these final resting places Continue reading


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