13 March – Surface-to-air missiles on Blackheath? – According to an article in The Guardian, surface-to-air missiles could be positioned on Blackheath during the Olympics.
Labour MP Heidi Alexander, whose Lewisham East constituency includes Blackheath, is quoted as saying:
I can’t say I like the idea of missiles on Blackheath but if the military and security experts think that is necessary to have a last line of defence to deal with all eventualities,
these defence systems will have to go somewhere, …
We are told that no decision has yet been taken but given the testing and evaluation work that is under way,
I think local people have a right to know what is being considered and at least get the answers to basic questions.
An air-security testing exercise was conducted in Oxleas Wood this March (5th-9th), and one of our supporters has sent us a copy of the MoD leaflet which was issued to the public.