There are many reasons for objecting to further expansion at Heathrow – unacceptable levels of noise, health-damaging pollution, frustrating traffic congestion and climate emergency are some of the most obvious.
This means that there are lots of other campaigning organisations in the fight against expansion. Below are some of the better known or most relevant to our own campaign.
Anti-Heathrow expansion coalitions
No Third Runway Coalition
The No 3rd Runway Coalition describe themselves as the largest of its kind, a growing coalition of MPs, local authorities, residents groups, trade unions and environmental non-governmental organisations. Working together, they continue to pressurise the government to drop plans for an additional runway at Heathrow Airport. Donate to contribute to their campaign.
The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise is a campaigning organisation formed in the 1970s as a voice to residents under the Heathrow flight paths. HACAN is a regional body covering London and part of the Home Counties with several thousand members. It campaigns for no third runway, a longer night flight ban, an end to all-day flying and improved operational practices. Pay to join HACAN or donate to contribute to their campaign.
Stop Heathrow Expansion
Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE), established in 2014, describe themselves as a residents-led campaign organisation opposing any expansion of Heathrow Airport, including the proposed third runway. As part of its work, the group is co-ordinating the ‘stop 700 more’ flights per day group. Seven hundred is the number of extra daily flights that would be generated by a third runway.
Environmental campaign groups
Plan B is a charity established to support strategic legal action against climate change. It is one of the groups that challenged the Government in court over Heathrow expansion arguing that it had failed to consider the UK’s obligations under the Paris Agreement. Donate to contribute to their campaign.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth describe themselves as defending the environment and championing a healthy and just world. It is another of the groups that challenged the Government in court over Heathrow expansion, arguing that it is unlawful on the grounds of climate change. Donate to contribute to their campaign.
West London Friends of the Earth
This is the west London branch of Friends of the Earth. Their website provides extensive information on Heathrow expansion and includes very comprehensive blog contributions from Ealing Friends of the Earth’s Transport Campaign Leader, Nic Ferriday.
AirportWatch, formed in 2000, is an umbrella movement networking the interested environmental organisations, airport community groups and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion. It aims to oppose any expansion of aviation and airports likely to damage the human or natural environment and to promote an aviation policy for the UK which is in full accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
Residents’ groups covering specific areas
Teddington Action Group
Teddington Action Group (TAG) describe themselves as a group persistent in understanding and uncovering the actions and claims made by the aviation industry which results in Teddington and surrounding areas being severely impacted, specifically when it comes to noise and pollution. Neil Spurrier from TAG was another claimant that challenged the Government in court over Heathrow expansion. His arguments included a focus on the harmful effects of aviation emissions and the potential impact on climate change.
Below is a list of other residents’ groups covering specific areas. The first few groups have their own websites. Those without have a Twitter or Facebook account.
CHATR (Chiswick Against the Third Runway)
AN3V (Aircraft Noise 3 Villages)
Engleford Green Action Group (EGAG)
BashR3 (Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion)
Datchet Against Runway Expansion (DARE)
RAAN (Residents Against Airport Noise, Berks)
SADAR3 (Slough And District Against Runway 3)