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PLEDGE TO FIGHT AIRPORT PLAN; AIRPORT PLANS: Villagers defiant after shocking news about airport.

Byline: LAURA CAPEWELL

A HUGE protest movement was growing today as villagers between Coventry and Rugby prepared to go to battle over plans for a huge airport that would devastate their homes and the greenbelt.

Villagers were waking up to the stark reality that yesterday's shock announcement was not just a nightmare.

Councillors were forming action committees and holding emergency talks, while men and women in villages such as Stretton, Brinklow, Long Lawford and Wolston were deciding on how best to fight the government's proposals.

The shock plans, which would see Church Lawford and Kings Newnham disappear under three runways would decimate the Green Belt and blight hundreds of properties left in the flightpath and on the outskirts of the new airport.

Stretton's part time post- master and former Shoulder of Mutton landlord Paul Whitby, who was born in the pub 57 years ago, says the villagers have reacted with disbelief.

He said: "People who've come into the post office have just been so shocked.

"It would wreak destruction here as it would anywhere in the countryside. But to plonk it in the middle of Coventry and Rugby just seems madness."

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HORROR NEWS: Paul Whitby, former pub landlord and now part-time postmaster in Stretton-on-Dunsmore said residents are shocked. Picture: RICHARD NELMES
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 25, 2002
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