Builder set to walk from Harmondsworth to Holyrood to persuade Scots to ditch Heathrow
A 55-year-old family man from Harmondsworth is embarking on a 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where he hopes to speak to the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon about their support for Heathrow expansion.
At 11am tomorrow, 4 April, local builder Neil Keveren will lace up his walking boots and head off from The Five Bells in Harmondsworth to begin his quest to discover why the Scottish National Party (SNP) is backing a third runway with its destruction of several villages and displacement of thousands of people.
The walk will be an estimated 390 miles and should finish on Thursday 27 April at the Scottish Parliament. There will be a theme for each day and a number of campaigners and politicians will join Neil for sections along the way.
The route covers places within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh. It’s an ambitious quest and SHE will be keeping in touch with Neil and reporting on his progress through the website and social media.
Stop Heathrow Expansion is encouraging residents to turn out and give Neil a good send off.
The campaign will be meeting at Harmondsworth Village Green from about 10.30am, ready for the send-off at 11am. Hillingdon Council Leader, Ray Puddifoot and Zac Goldsmith, who is supporting Neil’s walk be amonst the well-wishers
I am not one of nature’s walkers but I felt I had to do this for my family, my village and the wider campaign
Neil, who was born in the neighbouring village of Sipson and has lived in the area all his life, hopes that his walk will highlight the reasons a third runway should not go ahead. As well as being a non-athlete, Neil is a bit of a technophobe but is preparing to face another challenge – daily updates by devices other than his usual elderly-but-functional mobile phone.
The SHE team will be giving updates on the Stop Heathrow Expansion twitter page @StopHeathrowExp. Anybody who would like to join Neil for a part of the walk, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Neil on 07850 904677.