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End Heathrow Immigration Detention Centre Public meeting in Bedfont
28 February, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
End Heathrow Immigration Detention is a group that is campaigning for the permanent closure of the Heathrow detention centres. If the third runway at Heathrow goes ahead, it will displace the existing Heathrow detention centres and the Home Office intends for a replacement centre to be built in the local area. EHID formed as a response to challenge these government plans and we see this moment as a key opportunity to resist the further expansion of the detention estate.
Hounslow Council is in talks with Heathrow Airport to sell off Green Belt land to build what will be Europe’s largest immigration detention centre, with over 1,000 places as part of Heathrow Airport’s profit-motivated and devastating expansion plans to build a third runway.
Heathrow Airport intend to privatize and develop on the open green space between Bedfont Recreation Ground and allotments/the Marjory Kinnon School and Hounslow Urban Farm. The site is an area of green fields to the North of the Duke of Northumberland River, that is used by dog walkers, runners, for recreational activities and as a vital ‘green lung’ in an area with disproportionally high levels of pollution due to nearby airport emissions.
In an area already that will be even further devastated by Heathrow Airport’s expansion nightmare, why should locals lose vital public green space to build yet another costly, inhumane prison?
Come to the meeting to hear about the proposed development and the alternatives.
Location:St Mary’s Church Hall, Hatton Road, Bedfont, Feltham, TW14 8JR
To find out more about EHID, visit their website: https://ehidcampaign.org/