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Letter to the local papers about the Richmond Park by-election (November 2016):
Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth welcomes the Richmond Park by-election as an opportunity to refute Heathrow’s absurd claims that the community supports its damaging expansion plans. All the candidates standing so far are rightly opposed to Heathrow expansion. There may yet emerge a pro-Heathrow candidate but not from the main political parties. We believe that the voters of the Richmond Park constituency are intelligent enough to know that Heathrow expansion would not only bring aircraft noise and air pollution, but would increase congestion and contribute to climate change too. While RTFoE will not support any specific political party, we hope there is a good turnout to demonstrate that local opposition to Heathrow expansion is strong and that the Government should think again.Heathrow expansion has been our main campaign again this year. The Government's announcement that it favours a third runway is most unwelcome and we will continue to campaign against any expansion of airports in the UK.
We have been working with a number of other organisations on air quality locally. We have funded some measurement tubes that will monitor NO2 in Kew.
We have supplied wildflower seeds to London Borough of Richmond to create a wildflower area in High Park Road, Kew and to Strawberry Hill House where they will be planting a wildflower area outside the main gate in Autumn 2016.
We enjoyed visiting the Hive in Kew Gardens during August.
RTFoE is one of the organisations supporting the local 20s Plenty campaign which wants Richmond Council to introduce a default speed limit of 20 miles per hour in all residential roads in the Borough, unless there is a good reason not to. The campaign now has its own twitter account @20sPlentyLBRich and website at: