Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Olympic missile plans for Eltham, Shooters Hill, Blackheath

Big story about Eltham, Shooters Hill and Blackheath, in the news at the moment, although I've not time to blog it properly. It was all over the internet Sunday night, with lots of wry comments about protection of the 'corky fruited water dropwort' (what's that? Read about it on the e-shootershill blog).

Here's the press reports so far:

Bexley Times:
Eltham MP Clive Efford criticises Olympic missile plans
Eltham MP Clive Efford yesterday criticised plans to shoot down terrorists over Greenwich during the Olympics because he has not been consulted
Olympics missile sites considered for Blackheath and Shooters Hill
"The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering plans to install surface-to-air missiles in Blackheath and Shooters Hill during the Olympic Games.
The MoD said it had taken military advice to identify sites to base the defence systems to protect the skies over London in the event of an attack...."

Mailonline (where I saw this first last Sunday):
Olympic missile defences (located at a cafe) under threat... from the Corky-Fruited Water Dropwort
"Plans to use surface-to-air missiles to protect the skies over London during the Olympics could be thwarted – because they will disturb the habitat of a rare wild flower."

And a blog post at the Blackheath Bugle.

There is a Blackheath Assembly meeting tonight, Tues 13 March, 7.30pm, at St. Matthew Academy, St. Joseph's Vale, Blackheath where no doubt, the Blackheath-end of this story, at least, will be discussed.

I've just heard this story at the top of the 3pm news on LBC radio, where there also had a rep. from the Blackheath Society voicing their objections to having such a site based there.

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