Submitted by admin.rpa on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 09:55
As Zac Goldsmith’s campaign against further expansion at Heathrow gathers pace, so does the construction by RPA students of a giant ballot box. Some two metre square, starkly and appropriately captioned ‘Heathrow Referendum’ in black and white, the box was commissioned personally by our local MP and was the voting fulcrum of a cross-party Mega Rally registering the strength of local opposition to third runway expansion and the proliferation of night flying at Heathrow.
The event - organised by Zac Goldsmith and supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former Transport Secretary Justine Greening, 12 local MPs from all shades of political opinion, including Council Leader Lord True - and John Stewart from HACAN - took place at Barn Elms on Saturday, 27 April. Boris Johnson cast the first vote.
Mr Goldsmith visited the school’s workshops on Monday morning to meet supervising teacher Steve Tribe’s team of student designers and find out how their giant ballot box was shaping up. He talked to them about the importance of this local campaign, invited them to join the rally - and was very pleased with their handiwork. He said : "The ballot box is very striking and I am hugely grateful to the wonderful pupils and teachers at RPA for putting it together so expertly. With the right weather, this will be the biggest demonstration yet against Heathrow expansion."