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Join the Grow Heathrow eviction phone tree

Posted: September 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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We have set up a phone tree in case of the bailiffs coming back and carrying out an eviction.

If you would like to be added to the Grow Heathrow eviction phone tree to receive texts and updates if an eviction is taking place then please send your mobile number to info@transitionheathrow.com.

Do not text the site phone your number as the site phone is down. Sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


New Video: “You can’t evict an idea”

Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Film, legal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow: Resisting Eviction from Sean Richard on Vimeo.

Nearly five years later the group has cleared 30 tonnes of rubbish and runs a popular community space called Grow Heathrow with a bicycle workshop, food-growing club, renewable energy courses, and an art space.

On Friday the 15th of August, after a three year court battle, bailiffs arrived for the first time to evict the group and were met with nearly 200 people supporting Grow Heathrow to continue the project.

The bailiffs will be returning soon and the members of community garden are preparing with various resistance tactics. The group are trying to negotiate with the owner to buy the land with the support of John McDonnell MP and the Sipson Resident’s Association.

To follow their story see:

transitionheathrow.com @transheathrow

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Video by film-maker Sean Richard


Transition Heathrow on Hayes FM

Posted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Media | Tags: , | No Comments »

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We have a bit of exciting news for you. On Thursday we’re beginning our new show live on local West London radio station Hayes FM

On every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1pm-3pm we bring you, live on air, ‘The Transition Heathrow show’. There will be a bit of talk, updates on whats happening with the Transition Heathrow project alongside funky tunes. You can tune in on 91.8 FM or online via the Hayes FM website.


Grow Heathrow in print

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects | No Comments »

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We are pleased to announce that the talented photographer Jonathan Goldberg has published a book which documents life at Grow Heathrow since it’s beginning back in 2010 all the way through to today.

We seriously recommend the book which is available to buy through blurb.co.uk here. You can also follow Jonathan on twitter (@mrjongoldberg)


Save our Common Land!

Posted: October 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Events, Media | Tags: , | No Comments »

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A piece of common land is set to be developed on, which could set a widespread dangerous precedent. Please come and show support to help save Botwell Common and help protect our green belt land across the country.

A public protest has been planned on Saturday 2nd of November at 12 noon. The meeting point is at the bandstand in Hayes Town centre, next to Botwell Common.

Hillingdon Council, despite widespread opposition, submitted a plan to build a new school on Lake Farm Country Park (Botwell Common), which was approved at a stormy meeting at the council’s planning committee on 5 March 2013.

The council’s justification for building a new school comes from projected estimates of pupil numbers for the next few years. There are three other schools nearby which may be able to increase capacity to handle the expected rise. A former alternative site for a new school (a decommissioned swimming pool) was developed as housing.

John Mcdonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington is urging people to come together in this crucial time. Resistance to the development of greenbelt land is supported by groups such as ‘Friends of Lake Farm’ and ‘Transition Heathrow’.

See you all at Hayes bandstand, on Saturday 2nd of November at 12 noon.


Criminal legal aid cuts threaten right to protest

Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , | No Comments »

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A major threat to political protests of all kinds is currently being consulted on by the government and hardly anyone knows anything about it.

Under new proposals to cut legal aid further, criminal legal aid will become pretty much non-existent. What the proposals mean is that criminal suspects will lose their rights to choose or dismiss a solicitor, and the number of accredited legal aid firms will drop from 1,600 to less than 400 – raising the inevitable outcome of hundreds of small high street firms being replaced by huge contractors like G4S and Eddie Stobart.

The government have labelled this process by the memorable name of ‘competitive tendering’. In other words, privatisation by offering contracts to whoever can offer the cheapest rate, ie G4S and co. You would be better off representing yourself then being represented by G4S!

Nearly every lawyer in the country, except those working for companies such as G4S, have come out strongly against the proposals including The Law Society and The Criminal Bar Association. However, most people aren’t taking any notice. The lawyers need supporting otherwise by the end of the year the make up and possibility for protests in this country will be seriously undermined.

Alfie Meadows, beaten up by the Police at a student protest would not have been acquitted without criminal legal aid. For Plane Stupid – many of us would probably be in jail by now without proper legal representation.

On Wednesday a demonstration will take place outside Parliament at Old Palace Yard from 10.30am. We urge you to go down there and make your voice heard.

To keep up to date with all the developments and resistance to the plans please visit: http://www.defendtherighttoprotest.org/

This blog was re-posted from Plane Stupid


Some seasonal outreach

Posted: January 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Residents | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Last month while Heathrow villagers were gearing up for their winter holidays Grow Heathrow pounced on the opportunity to spread some environmental gospel.

Free wreath making and a restocked free shop went down a storm at the rather rainy Harmondsworth Christmas market; punters wove Laurel, Ivy, Holly and other foraged foliage to create their circular masterpieces.

At the grand unveiling of Sipson’s first community Christmas tree, roasting and distributing free sweet chestnuts, locally sourced of course, was a tasty treat even John Mcdonell (MP) couldn’t resist. Our warming snacks also delighted many at the Com. Cafe hosted, Mayor’s Carol event, the following week.

Not only does outreach of this kind leave a sweet taste in the mouth, it also encourages local people to think more about where their produce is from. Nature provides a wealth of glorious bounty whatever the season.


Free film showing in The Five Bells

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On Thursday 13th December, from 7pm in the Five Bells Pub, Harmondsworth; Transition Heathrow have organised a FREE film screening of climate change documentary ‘The Age of Stupid’.

It will be an opportunity to get local community groups together, so we can share what we all are doing, look for collaborations and to think about how our community can become more resilient in the economic and ecological crises. And of course, there will be popcorn on hand too.

Please pass on this call out and poster above, and put the date in your diary. Would be great to see you or a representative from your community group there.

*** The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055 …………. Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? ***

The Five Bells Pub is in Harmondsworth. More info here: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/10/1023/Five_Bells/Harmondsworth


Shell to Sea

Posted: November 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On the far west coast of Ireland in County Mayo, a rebellion is still brewing against plans for a mega gas pipeline project orchestrated by oil giant Shell. Last week two members of Transition Heathrow made a solidarity visit to the local campaign, here is their report.

Within moments of cycling down the road past the Corrib Gas Pipeline site near Rossport, Ireland, we found ourselves being tailed by a security car, while two frantic looking security guards stood alert by one of the entrances into the site. We had not planned any direct action, we were just on our way to the Rossport Solidarity Camp for a short visit.

The camp have packed up for the winter and moved into a house down the road generously donated to them by a local resident. The house is now the main hub for the campaign, where all electricity is powered by a wind turbine and the vegetable garden out front provides food for the campaigners. This was where we arrived and met the 9 or 10 activists who are sticking it out for the winter.

Donkeys guarding Shell’s compound

The Problem

Local resident Pat – who like most people round there has lived in the area all his life, as his family had before him – invited us into his house for some local mackerel and explained to us his reasons for opposing the Pipeline. Probably top of the list is a sense that local people have never been consulted on the plans, despite the enormous implications for life in this once-tranquil corner of the world. Fishing is an essential part of the local culture and economy, and faces devastation by the pipeline as fishermen lose access to waters they have always sailed. Access to the beaches and boglands is also being undermined, with fences being erected along the shoreline where once people went collecting cockles. And to cap it off, Shell has been awarded the right to compulsorily purchase property from locals for its pipeline route – the first time a private body has been awarded this power in Ireland. The traditional and legal rights of locals have been trampled over in the name of private profit.

The technique of gas extraction that Shell is using is experimental, bringing raw, unprocessed gas across the land rather than processing it at sea. If something went badly wrong, people living within a quarter of a mile of the compound would be immediately killed – you can bet Shell didn’t tell anyone that while they were making their case. And their plans for a safety valve rely on technology that by their own admission hasn’t been invented yet.

To add insult to injury, the project will not even benefit the struggling Irish economy. Due to a deal struck in 1987 between the then Prime Minister and a number of oil giants, Ireland gets hardly any of the money generated from the project – endemic political corruption has been blamed for this £600 billion giveaway.

Unity and Divisions

In an inspiring demonstration of community strength, local action has already delayed the pipeline by 12 years. It is so controversial that in 2005, 5 locals went to jail for 94 days after breaching an injuction against protest. But, in moves highly reminiscent of BAA’s treatment of the people of the Heathrow villages, Shell has played the community off against each other in order to weaken the resistance. Their tactic worked to some extent. All the local people we met talked about the “split in the community” that was created by Shell’s dirty tactics. One local even said that without this “split” the campaign would have been won by now.

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Instead, Shell are busy at work every day trying to complete the project. They have just got the Bore Hole machine to the site, which will enable the start of the pipeline through the sea to where the gas is. If plans continue at the current rate it is expected they will be reaching the gas by around 2015 – leaving plenty more time for direct action, which continues on a weekly basis. In the time we were there, a roadblock demonstration took place and 5 people were in court from a previous action a few months ago. The resistance continues, and those people we had a chance to chat to were inspiring examples of endurance and strength in the face of corporate greed and destruction backed up by state violence.


Art at the Com Cafe with Grow Heathrow

Posted: November 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Art | Tags: , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow have teamed up with the brilliant local community Com.Cafe to bring you three arts and crafts sessions in the run up to christmas.

‘Crafternoons’ will now be taking place at the Com.Cafe on the following dates: Wednesday 14th Nov, Wed 28th November & Wed 19th December (not 12th December – INCORRECT on poster). See poster above for more information.

Where: The ComCafe, UB7 9JD

Cost: FREE (Contact: david.graham@groundwork.org.uk)