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Heathrow Airtrack has abandoned its plans for a new rail-link which would have taken a chunk of Staines Moor common in Surrey.
Last year we strongly opposed the application for a land swap to enable the common to be used. We argued that the land being offered in exchange was grossly inferior to the land to be taken.
Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘Staines Moor is a unique survival from medieval times, wedged between the M25 motorway and Staines reservoir. The public has rights to walk and ride here. It is far too precious to lose to modern development.
‘We are highly relieved that Heathrow Airtrack has had second thoughts and withdrawn its plans which would have destroyed this very special place.’
The scheme was a victim of the spending cuts.