New vicar backs campaign against Wraysbury Third Runway

From the Windsor & Eton Express:

Newly licensed vicar Colin Gibson has joined his village’s fight against the threat of a third runway on its doorstep.

Colin Gibson

Mr Gibson, who became vicar of Wraysbury and Horton two months ago, has written to parish councillor Phil Jackson saying:

“Please let me know how I can support the community against these proposals, not least because of the profound effect they would have on St Andrew’s ancient church.

“Would a resolution from our church council, a letter from myself and the wardens or a petition from church members be the best approach?”

On Monday members of Wraysbury parish council formally approved a submission to the Davies Commission on Airport Expansion.

The submission warns that Heathrow’s proposal for a 3,500m third runway crossing the Wraysbury reservoir just half a mile from many homes in the village would also spread noise and pollution as far afield as Old Windsor and Horton.

It is believed it would also cut straight through the historic Ankerwycke area – destroying a site where Magna Carta is believed to have been signed

The Wraysbury proposal is one of three suggestions for a possible third runway site.

It is likely to be the most expensive so is the least likely to be chosen. But villagers are taking no chances.

The parish council believes a new airport north east or south east of London is the best alternative to a third runway at Heathrow.

Cllr Phil Jackson from the Parish Council hopes to organise a public meeting in Wraysbury similar to one held in nearby Stanwell Moor, which would also be badly affected by the Wraysbury option.


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