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Planning and Development (Heathrow)

Volume 489: debated on Wednesday 11 March 2009

This petition is on behalf of the supporters of the campaign to save Cherry Lane cemetery. I presented a similar petition on the subject several months ago in the hope that we as a community would gain assurances from BAA and the Government that this road would not go through our local cemetery. No assurances that give us that guarantee have been presented by either BAA or the Government, so tonight I and my colleagues the hon. Members for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) and for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) present tens of thousands more signatures to the petition in the hope that the Government and BAA will not drive this road through our local cemetery.

The petition states:

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.

[P000331]

All three Hillingdon MPs are here to present the same petition, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Our presence reflects the complete unity in the borough in opposition to the plan to expand Heathrow airport.

The petition states:

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.

[P000333]

I wish to submit another petition on behalf of the thousands of people outraged by BAA’s proposal that would result in the desecration of the Cherry Lane cemetery in the London borough of Hillingdon. In case the message has not got through already to BAA, the petition states:

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.

[P000334]