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Palin and Loach to join Heath protest

PUBLISHED: 11:50 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

MICHAEL Palin and Ken Loach have joined the army of residents opposed to a tarmac road for Hampstead Heath. The Say No To The Road campaign will protest against urbanisation of the Heath next weekend (February 7 and 8). The proposed service road would run

MICHAEL Palin and Ken Loach have joined the army of residents opposed to a tarmac road for Hampstead Heath.

The Say No To The Road campaign will protest against urbanisation of the Heath next weekend (February 7 and 8).

The proposed service road would run from Gordon House Road to the bandstand and depot at Highgate Road.

"The Heath was created for the use of people rather than vehicles," said Mr Palin.

Film director Ken Loach added: "Use of such a road would gradually increase and impede pedestrians."

Campaigners are also furious the road would cut off the footpath that links Lissenden Gardens with the Heath which is used daily by hundreds of school children.

Heath Superintendent Simon Lee has defended the plans: "The biggest problem on the Heath is the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles and we are trying to alleviate this by moving the operations site up to Kenwood and creating a new service road."

For more information on next weekend's protest, visit www.saynototheroad.blogspot.

com


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