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Emma Thompson buys up land to stop Heathrow expansion

PUBLISHED: 12:22 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 September 2010

LONDON - MAY 22:  Actress Emma Thompson  visits the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2006 in London. The yearly flower show will be visited by HM Queen Elizabeth II today and opens to the public tomorrow.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON - MAY 22: Actress Emma Thompson visits the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2006 in London. The yearly flower show will be visited by HM Queen Elizabeth II today and opens to the public tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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West Hampstead's Emma Thompson is among a group of high-profile protesters to buy land to halt the controversial expansion if Heathrow Airport. Land the size of half a football pitch which was earmarked for expansion has been bought by a Greenpeace coalit

West Hampstead's Emma Thompson is among a group of high-profile protesters to buy land to halt the controversial expansion if Heathrow Airport.

Land the size of half a football pitch which was earmarked for expansion has been bought by a Greenpeace coalition, it emerged today.

It follows last night's peaceful protest at Heathrow during which hundreds of campaigners dressed in Edwardian costume.

Other famous campaigners include Tory front bench spokeswoman Justine Greening, Lib Dem MP Susan Kramer and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

It is unknown how much money was paid for the land near Sipson village, which will not be sold to BAA if the expansion is given the go-ahead.

Award-winning actress Ms Thompson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe, said: "I don't understand how any government remotely serious about committing to reversing climate change can even consider these ridiculous plans.

"It's laughably hypocritical. That's why we've bought a plot on the runway.

"We'll stop this from happening even if we have to move in and plant vegetables."

Opposition groups says plans to increase flights at the airport from 480,000 to 720,000 would create unacceptable noise and pollution.

But airport chiefs say the expansion is vital for the British economy.


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