|Could this be Shepherd's Bush? Photo: Wikimedia Commons|
|Busy, and getting busier. Photo: Wikimedia Commons|
Last week the Davies Commission came out in favour of the Third Runway at Heathrow. Trouble is, this would create a new flight path going directly over central Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. Yikes.
So what does the government think? Back in 2009, The Prime Minister gave his assurance that "the third runway will not go ahead. No ifs, no buts." Let's hope he sticks to his word. But his cabinet is split. Many are in favour of Heathrow, while both Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith - a possible candidate for Mayor of London - are opposed.
So what can we do? Well, you can write to your MP, Andy Slaughter, but he's already on our side. Better perhaps to write to the PM, or members of his cabinet, and urge the government not to build again at Heathrow. Better yet, let them know just how marginal many west London seats are, and will be again in 2020. Hammersmith was a Tory target in May of this year - and it will be again, especially as the area gentrifies.
In the meantime, if you want to feel like you are doing something useful, you can sign the petition here.