1969: HS2 sparks memories of failed airport plans

Wherever they were held there was always a massive support for protest meetings organised by the Wing Airport Resistance Association
Wherever they were held there was always a massive support for protest meetings organised by the Wing Airport Resistance Association

It was a battle no one wanted and one that bears more than a passing resemblance to the ongoing fight against HS2.

When it was announced in 1969 that a third London airport might be sited down the road from Aylesbury in Wing – which would have meant the complete destruction of the village of Cublington – local people, backed by MPs and stars of TV, radio and film, rose up in anger.

‘They marched to the strains of Land of Hope and Glory,’ it was reported of a demonstration which took place in Aylesbury.

Wherever they were held there was always massive support for protest meetings organised by WARA – the Wing Airport Resistance Association.

The Herald devoted many column inches to extensive reporting of the battle against the plans, much like it does with HS2 today.

More than 80 societies, both local and national, along with nearly 100 parish councils opposed the plans which were eventually shelved.