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Dear Supporters,

 

The campaign against HS2 reached it’s 5th anniversary on March 11th this year. It has been a very long and tiring time!

 

Whilst we have still yet to Stop HS2, HAHS2 are very proud of our achievements over the last few years and the difference our campaign has made.HAHS2 have had countless public events and meetings to help raise awareness,protested and lobbied in Parliament and endlessly kept the pressure on anyone connected to the project. Supported by you, we have brought the plight of Hillingdon to the attention of the media,public and parliament.

We have secured a tunnel for the Ruislip section of the route, saving many homes and businesses from demolition and unimaginable disruption.We have helped improve the compensation scheme for some, contributed to court cases and attended endless meetings with MPs HS2Ltd, and other organisations,on your behalf.We have supported residents from across Harefield Ickenham,West to South Ruislip and will be continuing to help those affected by HS2 with the petitioning process when it resumes in June.

 

HEATHROW SPURS

HAHS2 are now pleased to also share our latest achievement. The Heathrow section of the route which has been ‘on hold’ for so long, has finally been scrapped. The announcement was made very quietly, just days before parliament dissolved but a verbal assurance was given to Nick Hurd MP in a debate on HS2 on 25th March,by rail minister Robert Goodwill. You can watch the full debate HERE, contributions from Sir John Randall and Nick Hurd.

You can see the news report including comment from HAHS2 HERE  We will now be working hard to make this assurance binding, by getting the Heathrow spurs removed from the wording of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

We are delighted by this news as we have long argued that this section of the route made no sense and had no business case.Our continued pressure on our local MPs, Boris Johnston and TFL has paid off. The implications are far more reaching than just scrapping the unnecessary connection that would have cost millions.The blight caused by uncertainty of the plans has now been removed.Whilst the link wasn’t due to be built until the second stage of the project in 2026, the ‘passive provisions’ ie. the junctions that would have facilitated it, would have been part of the first phase of construction.Without these junctions, Hillingdon are in a much stronger position to argue for the extension of the Northolt tunnel from Ruislip through Ickenham. This mitigation will be the main thrust of our requests to the Select Committee during the next round of petitioning and, if we are successful, the changes will significantly reduce some of the major disruption to Ickenham and Harefield.

 

PETITIONING

Petitioners from Harefield were heard by the Select Committee in March and made some very detailed and powerful presentations. The petitioning process has been suspended now until after the General Election and a new Government is formed.You can find more information about the Select Committee and transcripts from the hearings so far HERE

We have provisional dates for the rest of Hillingdon’s petitions to be heard, starting with LBH from mid June, who will be followed by representations from Ickenham and then Ruislip

HAHS2 are currently working hard with LBH and resident groups to prepare in earnest for our next appearances.

A series of meetings and workshops are ongoing to help assist anyone who has petitioned. If you have submitted a petition and you haven’t attended any of meetings or haven’t already been in touch, please contact us so we are aware of your petition ( and number) and we can extend some support, advice, and forward you the slides from the workshops.

 

GENERAL ELECTION

Incase you hadn’t heard there’s going to be an election on 7th May!

Local candidates from all parties are out and about all looking to secure your vote, please let them know how important an issue HS2 is. It would be great if you could get in touch with all your Parliamentary candidates to express your view of HS2.  On Twitter, please use the hashtags, #ge2015, #hs2 and any local hashtags.

 

Because HS2 is so important to some voters, STOPHS2 have launched the “We won’t vote for any party that supports HS2” campaign.  You can download the posters from their website  – and display them in your window.

 

We’ve been reading the manifestos of the main UK political parties to let you know what they have to say on HS2 – full details are on the Stop HS2 website stophs2.org.

Conservatives, Labour, LibDem and the SNP all express support for HS2 in their manifestos.

Political parties that oppose HS2 include the Green Party and UKIP.

 

HAHS2 have attended 2 recent hustings for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to hear what each of the hopeful local MPs had to say about HS2. So here’s a brief overview of each party.

You can see a full list of candidates HERE with links to contact them.

 

CONSERVATIVE  – BORIS JOHNSON             Says he’s the strongest candidate to help mitigate HS2 in London more. Won’t support it without a better plan for Euston,link to HS1 or an extended Northolt tunnel through Ickenham.

LABOUR               – CHRIS SUMMERS            Says he would defy party policy and vote against HS2 and would fight for better mitigation.He wants HS2 scrapped and money spent on better NHS and Hillingdon Hospital.

LIB DEM                – MIKE COX                        Says route is wrong and that it should follow the M1. He is personally in strong favour of HS2 as well as following party line in support.

UKIP                     –  JACK DUFFIN                  Says he wants to see HS2 scrapped altogether as per party policy. UKIP would call for a referendum to allow the public to vote on HS2.

GREEN                 –  GRAHAM LEE                 Says mitigation is not enough, wants HS2 scrapped as per party policy. Thinks trains and platforms should be lengthened with improvements to WCML.

INDEPENDENT    – JENNIFER THOMPSON  Says mitigation and tunnels are not enough or acceptable and HS2 must be scrapped.

 

We have less information from the Ruislip, Pinner and Northwood constituency which also covers Ickenham and Harefield but there is an upcoming hustings, information HERE and a full list of candidates HERE with links to contact them.

CONSERVATIVE  – NICK HURD  Says he can’t support current HS2 proposals because of the cost to the constituency.Compensation is still not fair enough.Will vote against it at next stage unless we get the mitigation we are petitioning for.

LABOUR               – MICHAEL BORIO       Says he will vote against the current route.

LIB DEM               – JOSH DIXON              Says he supports HS2 but we need to go further in ensuring protection for residents like extra tunnelling and better compensation.

UKIP                     – GERRARD BARRY     Says HS2 has to be scrapped as it has no business case.

GREEN                 – KAREN PILLAI            Says she opposes the HS2 project as wasteful and unnecessary and recognise the negative impact it would have in the south of the borough.

 

 

AFTER THE ELECTION

In two weeks time, we will need to let a new set of MPs know about the problems with HS2.  We have some plans for immediately after the election, although exactly what we do will depend on the results. The Stop HS2 website and the@stophs2 twitter account will be updated with plans when they are ready.

HAHS2 will be supporting any event organised and we hope you will join us.

Keep in touch via our Website and FaceBook Page for details nearer the time.

 

FUNDING

We are very grateful for all the donations we have received recently and much of the progress that has been made over the last few years could not have happened without your generosity.

Please do think about making a donation if you can.

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

 

You can also help raise funds really easily – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

Once again,many thanks for your continued interest and support.

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

 

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Nigel Farage highlights HS2 on visit to Aylesbury

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage today visited our candidate in Aylesbury, Chris Adams, for the official opening of Aylesbury Vale HQ. Nigel Farage also unveiled our latest poster which where we pledge to stop HS2 before it runs out of control.Only UKIP opposes the HS2 project which will cost over £70 billion. Instead of cutting the journey time from London to Birmingham by under half an hour we could upgrade transport infrastructure across the country for a fraction of the cost.Continue reading…

Make HS2 a major election issue

Last week the founder and Chair of Ruislip against HS2, Lottie Jones, spoke to the Hillingdon is Hereabout what to say to prospective Parliamentary candidates in the run up to the General Election.

Emphasising that Stop HS2 is a non-politically aligned group, Lottie said to us:

“To raise HS2 when the candidates are coming around canvassing, is vitally important.

“HS2 should absolutely be at the forefront of the election campaign for everyone. Whether you are in a part of the country affected by HS2 or not, it absolutely does affect you.

“Every taxpayer will be contributing to the cost of at least £50bn.

“If the government needs to find £8bn to shore up the NHS and we’re spending £50bn on a deeply unpopular train line (that only 2% of the population will ever use) then it’s utter madness for them to squander our resources in persuing the project.”

“If you ask anybody what the most important way to spend £50 billion would be in the next 10 years, I don’t think anyone would say a railway.”

Whilst welcoming any support from MP hopefuls, she cautioned against reading too much into it.

“I think it’s great if any of the candidates from any of the parties turn up on your doorstep and say ‘I am totally against HS2?.

“But unless they can convince the party that they belong to to be against it – and scrap it, it actually doesn’t mean anything.”

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  • HS2: A flawed vanity project, and national disgrace

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    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has slammed the £55 billion HS2 rail project, branding it a ‘flawed EU vanity project’, and ‘a national disgrace’.

    Speaking in the European Parliament’s Strasbourg chamber, the West Midlands MEP said: “It has no business case, and it will leave our country riddled with debt.

    “It is destroying people’s lives and their communities, ripping up graveyards and ancient woodlands.

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Dear Supporters,

 

This year seems to be marching on a pace so we hope you have enjoyed the Summer! As we head towards Autumn we have at least still got some warm temperatures to keep us in good spirit!

It may seem that news about HS2 has gone a little quiet over the last few months but there is always something happening – even if it doesn’t always make the main news.

With so many important issues dominating the news at the moment it’s easy to think that HS2 has gone away – if only!! There are many articles,blogs,opinion polls, petitions and more that appear on line.

We share many of these on a daily basis on our Facebook Page and Twitter. We would really like to encourage you to join in the social media campaign and keep up with more local and national news about HS2.

it’s an easy way to support the campaign and spread the word.

 

You can join our Facebook page HERE  Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 and remember to use #HS2 and or #StopHS2 when tweeting

 

News

One main piece of news, last Friday,Sept 12th, the Hillingdon Conservative association selected Boris Johnson to be the candidate to stand as MP to replace Sir John Randall for the South Ruislip and Uxbridge constituency, in the general election next year.

There have been mixed opinions to the news with many believing he will be a useful asset if he were to be elected while others not being so convinced.You can read the reaction from RAHS2 HERE.

RAHS2 have requested a meeting with Boris at the earliest opportunity and we are hoping that we can get him to clarify his position on HS2.

We remain a non political campaign group but we are aware that we will need to work with any MP that is eventually elected and will therefor make sure we communicate with all the other candidates.

HAHS2 have already met with Chris Summers – the Labour candidate – who has confirmed he will be supporting the Stop HS2 message.

Don’t forget Sir John Randall is still our MP for South Ruislip until the election so do keep him busy with suggestions of what you’d like him to do to help Stop HS2 before he stands down!

 

randallj@parliament.uk

 

Property CompensationConsultation 

 

The latest consultation closes on 30th September 2014.

If you haven’t yet responded please do make the effort to send another message to the government that the current schemes are totally inadequate. We have already made a difference but more needs to be done.

You can find supplies of HAHS2 easy response, pre filled postcards, in all local libraries or you can respond on the government website HERE

If you would like some guidance on how to respond, see advice and easy response form that takes just a minute HERE  – from HS2 Action Alliance .

Or advice from Hillingdon Council in this month’s Hillingdon People magazine.

 

Please help spread the word and encourage friends, family and neighbours to respond.

 

Petitioning

 

If you have submitted a petition to be heard by the HS2 Select Committee please get in touch and let us know.

Before petitions are heard we will be holding meetings to help everyone prepare their evidence with input and advice from Hillingdon Council. We don’t yet know when London petitioners will be called on

and we had expected it would be early next year. However the Select Committee have indicated that they may move London petitions forward ,so it’s best to be prepared early! We should however be given

at least 4 weeks notice – but do let us know about your petitions.

 

Use Of Ruislip High Street and Bury Street for HS2 construction traffic

 

This has become a very confusing issue but RAHS2 along with MP Nick Hurd have been pushing HS2Ltd to clarify the misleading information that they released during and after the Environmental Impact documents.

HS2 Ltd have confirmed that the route is still planned to be used.

They have admitted that their maps were wrong ( or omitted ) and that they hadn’t realised ( despite being told by us for the last year ) that the A4180 is in fact Ruislip High Street / Bury Street.

However HS2Ltd have yet to apologise or release new documents with correct maps.

The implications are really significant for residents in North Ruislip especially in areas around Ladygate lane and WhiteHeath school where the impact could be serious.

Please do write to Nick Hurd MP to ask him to put pressure on HS2 Ltd to inform local residents of the details.

 

nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk

 

Funding

 

As always the campaign to Stop HS2,fight for fair mitigation and compensation as well as lobbying parliament, relies on financial support. Much of the progress that has been made over the last few years could not have happened without donations to the cause.

We are grateful to all those who have made contributions in the past but we need to keep support going!

Please do think about make a donation if you can.

We are currently trying to raise funds to support the Stop HS2 stands at the Party Conferences which will be crucial as we continue to lobby MPs in the run up to the 2015 election.

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

 

You can also help raise funds really easily – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

 

 

Dear Supporter,

 

We hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine  – and long may it last!

As usual there is lots of news to share with you and whilst we hope you have some relaxing holiday time we would ask that you don’t forget about HS2 over the summer – it may be quiet, but HS2 certainly isn’t going away!

HAHS2 will be working hard through the summer to make sure that we are prepared for every next step of the campaign.

We are planning another fundraising comedy night at Ruislip Golf Club on 19th September – this was a great night last time so please do save the date. More details to follow….

 

Local MPs.

 

Nick Hurd, the MP for Ruislip/Ickenham/Harefield, lost his Cabinet position with the latest government reshuffle along with neighbouring MP for Denham, Dominic Grieve.This means they will revert to being backbench MPs with more time (and more freedom to speak out) on local issues.

Nick Hurd has always made his stance clear, he will continue to fight for better mitigation and compensation for HS2, on behalf of his constituents, but in a recent meeting with HAHS2 he has confirmed that if those issues are not dealt with satisfactorily, he will vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill at 3rd Reading.Whilst this is a more encouraging sign of support, it would be useful if more constituents keep writing to him, to let him know their concerns.In particular, H.O.A.C is still under threat with no realistic plan for relocation, even after the Transport Minister visited last week.News story HERE

Sir John Randall MP has announced that he will be stepping down as MP for South Ruislip and Uxbridge at the next election.It is widely rumoured that Boris Johnson may stand for the seat, however candidates have yet to be decided so we shall have to wait and see!

 

Petitioning

 

Overall there were 1,925 petitions submitted to parliament and of those many came from across the Hillingdon borough,including one from Hillingdon Council and one each from the Local Councillors and Resident Associations that cover each area here affected by HS2.

Many more individual residents submitted petitions too – which is great, so thanks to all those that made the effort.We are pleased to say no petitions from Hillingdon were challenged.

However the two biggest petitions came from Stop HS2 and HS2 Action Alliance and these were challenged,by HS2 Ltd,on the grounds that they did not have ‘locus standi’ and could not represent those affected by HS2 on route wide issues!A hearing was held this week and the challenge was not upheld, so the good news is that these petitions will be heard by the select committee.

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of support to them which were used in evidence.

We now have to wait to hear when individuals will be called to be heard by the select committee but given that there are so many petitions,plus a decision to start proceedings in the north and work down the route, this may take some time.

The Chair of the Select Committee, Robert Syms, has admitted that the petitioning hearings could take at least 2 years, so we have some way to go before the Hybrid bill can reach it’s 3rd reading. This will obviously take us beyond the next election so there will be interesting times ahead.HS2 is not a ‘done deal’ and is yet to pass all the legislation it needs before it can go ahead.

HAHS2 will be collating advice and information on how to best present evidence to the committee, when the time comes, and we hope to share advice with you.Please do email us if you have submitted a petition and would like some support.

 

Compensation

Following a decision by SoS for Transport earlier in the year, to make some changes to the HS2 compensation scheme, a new consultation has been launched. We know that you have responded to these consultations many times before but we need your continued input to help secure further changes.Whilst some of the changes could benefit more residents in Hillingdon we don’t believe the measures go far enough and in practice the proposals are not as ‘fair and generous’ as the government would like you to believe.

HAHS2 will be producing more easy response postcards that will be available in all local Libraries in the coming weeks.We simply don’t have the resources to distribute these to everyone so if you are able to help – even just to deliver to your own road – please email us.

 

For more information about the compensation consultation and to respond on-line – see  HERE The consultation closes on Tuesday 30th September at 11.45 pm

 

Legal Action

 

There are 3 legal challenges going through the courts,2 of which have been bought jointly by HS2 Action Alliance and Hillingdon Council.

The first is a judicial review challenging the decision by the SoS for Transport to issue safeguarding directions without undertaking a strategic environmental assessment.The case has already been heard by the High Court and we await a judgement.

You can read more about the case HERE

 

The second case is a complaint to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. Lottie Jones of RAHS2 has joined forces with Hillingdon Council and HS2AA in taking this case to help represent Hillingdon residents.

The good news is that the committee has ruled that this case has the right to be heard in Europe so we are one step closer to calling the government to account for their responsibility to the planning of HS2 and protection of the environment.

You can read more about the case HERE and see the complaint HERE

The Government is also to face a High Court legal challenge from the Information Commissioner along with campaigners after ministers used a wartime veto to censor information about the controversial HS2 high speed rail project. Read more about this case  HERE

 

We will of course keep you updated with news of the progress of all this legal action.

 

Funding

 

As always the campaign to Stop HS2,fight for fair mitigation and compensation as well as lobbying parliament, relies on financial support. Much of the progress that has been made over the last few years could not have happened without donations to the cause.

We are grateful to all those who have made contributions in the past but we need to keep support going!

Please do think about make a donation if you can.

We are currently trying to raise funds to support the Stop HS2 stands at the Party Conferences which will be crucial as we continue to lobby MPs in the run up to the 2015 election.

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

 

You can also help raise funds really easily – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

Social Media

 

Don’t forget to use Facebook and Twitter to help keep the campaign against HS2 alive.

 

Join our Facebook page HERE for daily updates and news as it happens. Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 and  remember to use #HS2 and or #StopHS2 when tweeting.

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

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Campaign For Real Rail – A Better Use Of HS2 Money

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Fifty billion pounds is a lot by anyone’s standard. It’s the amount of our money that the UK government is willing to spend on a highly controversial and disruptive project for which nobody voted, that is long on delivery and short on justification. Better to axe HS2 and reverse some of the Beeching Era cuts. So much more could be achieved for so much less than the cost of that grand folly. The devolved governments in Scotland and Wales have invested in re-opening schemes with considerable success – the same could be true of England if only the will was there. Many smaller rail re-instatements could, for modest amounts and quickly, make a big difference and bring considerable benefit to the populace of several areas.

The recent weather-related damage done to the rail link into Cornwall has highlighted the need to strengthen our existing rail infrastructure. For 1% of the cost of HS2, the inland alternative via Okehampton could be rebuilt.

The Avon Rail Link seeks to re-instate the line southward from Stratford-upon-Avon (currently a terminus) to Honeybourne Junction on the Oxford-Worcester line, to which it was once joined. Services could emanate from Paddington and give the Thames Valley direct access to this world-famous location.

Brighton Main Line 2 would see the re-instatement of the line between Uckfield and Lewes, either as a standalone project or as a component of a grander strategic route.

Moorland and City Rail is a Staffordshire-based initiative with nationally significant ambitions. It seeks to renovate the abandoned lines centred on Leekbrook Junction. The aim is to reconnect the town of Leek to the national railway system, take quarry traffic off the local minor roads and, perhaps, most importantly and lucratively, provide a badly needed alternative means of reaching Alton Towers Theme Park.

Peak Rail wants to re-instate the missing Matlock-Buxton section of the mainline through the heart of the Peak District to relieve the very busy A6, which, because of the topography and the protected status of the area, cannot be easily bypassed.

Another venture is attempting to re-open the line from Penrith to Keswick in the heart of North Lakeland and bring relief to the area’s road system. It has an uphill battle with an unsympathetic local authority which allowed a local company to build on the track bed.

SELRAP seeks to re-instate the 11 miles of line between Colne, Lancashire and Skipton, Yorkshire, linking cities and regions across the north. As of the August 2013 the Campaign has, according to its website, the support of 891 organisations, 754 individual politicians, 500 members and 67 affiliated groups but getting money from the DfT to fund this has thus far failed.

The South Staffordshire line, mostly intact but with sections out of use, runs from Lichfield to Stourbridge via Walsall. If re-opened throughout to heavy rail, it would create an array of new journey opportunities, linking the East Midlands directly with the southwest, thereby avoiding Birmingham and freeing up capacity at that major railway hub.

The volunteer led Swanage Railway started life as a local initiative with a founding principle of restoring the line closed by BR in 1972 and returning a proper scheduled public railway service between Swanage and Wareham. After 40 years of hard slog and fundraising, it has matured into an award-winning heritage railway. Now backed by the Purbeck Rail partnership, it intends to begin a limited trial service in 2015. It could stand as a model for other community rail ventures.

London isn’t just the UK’s capital city; it is a world city of capital. A few months ago Evan Davis, the BBC’s economics’ editor, fronted a two-part documentary entitled ‘Mind the Gap’. He compared the powerhouse that is London with the rest of the UK. One thing became clear; London is where money, entrepreneurs, ideas and businesses want to be, so much so that its population increases by 2,000 per week and cash-rich foreign buyers are contributing to the escalation of house prices by purchasing property for investment purposes. The conclusion of the programme must have caused dismay for anyone believing HS2 would help the regions. It will only do what many other high speed rail projects elsewhere have done and simply make it easier to reach this country’s engine of growth.

 

On Monday 28th April the HS2 Hybrid Bill passed it’s 2nd reading in Parliament. It was debated and voted on by MP and the outcome was as expected, as there has always been cross party support for the project.

However there were some rebel MPs who voted against, including Sir John Randall MP (Uxbridge/South Ruislip) while Nick Hurd MP (Ruislip,Ickenham/Harefield) abstained.

You can read Nick Hurd’s reasons HERE

We would like to thank everyone who came to Westminster for our protest – we attracted a lot of media attention!

Pictures from the day can be see on our Facebook Page

 

Now that the bill has reached this stage,it offers us the opportunity to get involved and change the final details of the plans for HS2 in our local area.It is a process known as ‘ petitioning ‘

This is different from the traditional type of petition,which is a collection of signatures.This is a formal legal process that allows individuals affected by a project to be heard by a special committee.More information HERE

In short this will be the last opportunity to have a say in the plans for HS2. It is a means to negotiate for the best possible mitigation IF HS2 goes ahead. If you don’t raise issues or ask for your issues to be considered now it will be too late once the

Hybrid bill is passed at 3rd reading and HS2 Ltd will have the rights granted to what ever they want with no regard to local needs.

 

We are urging as many people to come forward as possible to get involved in this process. It sounds daunting but it needn’t be – lots of local people are joining in and you don’t have to do it alone.

Hillingdon Council, Ward Councillors and Resident Associations are involved but we need more local people with specific issues to raise petitions.

 

Some of the issues that can be petitioned on are ;

Noise, traffic congestion,loss of homes,construction sites,hours of construction,pollution,business losses,access to homes,schools and businesses,disruption to bus services,delays getting to work or to healthcare,ruined views,loss of local facilities like H.O.A.C and fishing lakes,access to public footpaths and fields etc etc

The list is endless!

 

HAHS2 CAN NOT PETITION FOR YOU!

So if you believe you will be affected by HS2 in ANY WAY, please contact your nearest Resident Association. Listed HERE or Local Councillors. Listed HERE for advice. Or you can email us at info@ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk for more information.Time is limited and Petitions must be prepared and submitted by May 16th for organisations and businesses and May 23rd for individuals. Petitions must be taken to and deposited at Parliament and we have secured the help of MPs Nick Hurd and John Randall to assist with this.Please let us know if you are planning to petition.

 

For the most comprehensive guide to how the petitioning process works follow this link. There is also a toolbox which will enable you draft your petition.

http://stophs2.org/news/10609-stop-hs2-comprehensive-guide-petitioning-hybrid-bill

 

COURT ACTION

There are 3 new legal challenges being taken in respect of HS2.

2 from Hillingdon Council in conjunction HS2 Action Alliance and one judicial review

First, a complaint against the Government for breaching its obligations under the Aarhus Convention, an international treaty designed to protect the environment, in connection with its decision making on HS2.

Second, permission was granted on 18th April by the High Court to hear a fresh judicial challenge on HS2, this time challenging the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to issue safeguarding directions without undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment. A hearing will take place in the High Court on 9th June and is expected to last three days.You can read more about the cases HERE 

Thirdly,The Government is to face a High Court legal challenge from the Information Commissioner and campaigners after ministers used a wartime veto to censor information about the controversial HS2 high speed rail project. Read more on this case HERE

PROTEST WALK.

Denham and Harefield Against HS2 are holding their 3rd annual protest walk this Sunday 11th May.

It would be great to see as many people as possible turn out to support them. It’s a great day out with options of different beautiful walks of different lengths,through the Colne Valley that highlight the areas that will be affected by HS2

The walks are guided and there will be a talks,refreshments and a photo call with Ellie the white Elephant,the Stop HS2 mascot.

Bring the kids and the dogs and join in! Starting at Denham Country Park Information Centre UB9 5PG from 11.30 a.m.

 

Daily Updates

News about HS2 changes on a daily basis. To keep up with all the relevant national and local news please join our Facebook page and help us share details on Twitter.

Social media is playing a big part in keeping the debate about HS2 alive so please do use Facebook and the #HS2 and or #StopHS2 hashtags when tweeting.Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 to join in.

 

Fundraising

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made any financial contribution to our campaign to date but we still really need your support!

We are currently trying to raise funds to support the Stop HS2 stands at the Party Conferences which will be crucial as we continue to lobby MPs in the run up to the 2015 election.

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

You can also help raise funds really easily – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

How Else You Can Help

Please keep encouraging your friends and family around the country to write to their MPs

  1. highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to any MP.More MPs need to understand the detail of HS2 so they don’t keep blindly supporting the project.

As usual there are many more things that you can do to help to take the campaign forward. Writing letters, signing petitions, making donations are all really important.

Please click this LINK for our website to see a list of all the current ways in which you can help – please remember to share these with friends and family!

Even if you have done these things before it’s vital to keep the pressure up to really help make a difference.

 

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

 

EWS

On 28th April get set for another round of Tory Betrayal over HS2

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Betrayal is a strong word. But it’s a word we hear a lot in the former Tory strongholds of Buckinghamshire over HS2. The strength of feeling amongst local people who would once have been proud to call themselves Conservatives is hardly surprising. The human cost of Mr Cameron’s absurd white elephant scheme can be measured in terms of unsaleable homes, blighted businesses and communities, devastated farms, retirement plans turned upside down, ill health and worse.

For over four long years, Mr Cameron and his Ministers have delighted in ramming their white elephant HS2 project down the throats of local people, including their party’s dwindling band of loyal supporters. Privately (and occasionally publicly) local Conservative councillors seethe and rage but to date and with two notable exceptions, they have largely stuck by their national party. After 28th April, it remains to be seen how many continue to have the stomach to tough it out in their pro HS2 party when the “let’s stay and fight from within” policy will have so demonstrably failed to stop HS2.

Nationally, the political calculation that the Tories can do literally anything to their core support in the Shire counties and it will have no impact on the General Election result is typical of the out of touch arrogance which has characterised the Conservative Party’s position on the HS2 project. They are in for a shock on 22nd May and again at the General Election next year.

From its earliest beginnings, Tory support for HS2 has always been politically calculated, linked cynically to the decision to drop support for a third runway at Heathrow and sold locally during the 2010 General Election on the basis that “Labour’s route” would be overturned once the Conservatives were returned to office. Instead, successive Conservative Secretaries of State have spent four years presiding over sham consultations, using war powers to block information, fiddling the figures, ignoring national public opinion and moving the policy goalposts (repeatedly).

And so on 28th April the HS2 hybrid bill will be debated in the House of Commons. Mr Cameron and his Ministers will lead the vast bulk of his party’s MPs through the Yes Lobby to vote for the second reading of the HS2 hybrid bill, ignoring public and expert opinion and committing the country to wasting £50 billion on the Prime Minister’s ultimate political folly. Loyal Ministers such as David Lidington MP who represent route seats will either be absent from the Commons away on “urgent business,” or else be unable to represent their constituents by voting against the bill since they share collective responsibility for the policy.

Anyone who cares about our democracy should be alarmed that on this issue, there is such a huge democratic deficit between the position of the “main” party front benches and national opinion, which remains overwhelmingly opposed to HS2. After 28th April, it is inevitable that the flow of resignations from the local Conservative party, which they themselves put down to HS2, will become a deluge. Last year saw the beginnings of the political earthquake predicted by Nigel Farage during his 2013 common-sense tour, with six Buckinghamshire county council seats falling to UKIP and Tory-UKIP swings of up to 29% in HS2 affected seats. Five of those gains were in the Aylesbury constituency held currently by Europe Minister David Lidington MP and where UKIP already has more members than the Conservative party. After 28th April, the Conservative betrayal will be almost complete. Aylesbury is going to be one to watch at next year’s General Election.

By Cllr Chris Adams (UKIP Parliamentary candidate Aylesbury) and Cllr Seb Berry (Independent Great Missenden) 

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Nigel Farage in Hillingdon talking HS2 – April 2012

No to HS2 meeting at Ickenham Village Hall

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Dear Supporters,

 

Spring has has finally sprung! With the warmer weather, blossom (and hay fever!) comes the next phase of our campaign.

While it may seem things have gone relatively quiet, there has been a huge amount of planning and preparatory work going on for the weeks ahead.

Since the Environmental Statement Consultation closed (our response here) HAHS2 have been getting ready for ”petitioning” of the Hybrid Bill – more details of how to get involved later.

 

HS2 Ltd has a new Chairman – Sir David Higgins who has been bought in following his success with the Olympics(where the budget was revised upwards by millions) and at Network Rail (which he left £30 billion in debt)

His relaunch of HS2 to the public last month did not include a revised plan for the Heathrow Spurs,which is disappointing as it would be the most obvious way to cut costs. The ‘passive provision’ of the spurs have a huge impact on the planned construction work in Ickenham. HAHS2 will continue to lobby to get the Heathrow Spurs and the ‘on hold’ section of the line scrapped – this concept was backed by Boris Johnson recently – news story HERE

 

After the re-run of the property compensation consultation, new proposals have been released by the government.The good news is that some of our hard work has paid off! We have managed to get a change made to the boundary line drawn that determines

the areas that qualify for compensation. Harefield and Ickenham will now be eligible for the schemes that are on offer to rural areas. Sadly for anyone living in Ruislip, next to, or above tunnelling, or indeed anywhere near construction, the proposals

make little difference.Urban areas have not been granted the same rights and the blight HS2 is causing in London is still unrecognised.There are likely to be new proposals later in the year that may assist with those who need to sell their property but can’t because of HS2.

More information and details of the latest compensation proposals are  HERE.

 

An ‘independent’ analysis of the Environmental Statement has also been released.In full HERE Given the enormous amount of data (55,000 pages) that so many of us spent time scrutinising and responding to over Christmas,it is really disappointing to see how little time has been

spent truly analysing the results. The report has been condensed into a few short pages and does not reflect the full detail of all the responses.

However thanks must go to those who took time to respond or to fill out our postcards. Extending the tunnel through Ickenham and the Colne Valley was listed as the second most called for mitigation which is what we will be focusing on when petitioning the hybrid bill.

 

The Environmental Audit Committee have also thrown fresh doubts on the project, advising that the speed of HS2 should be reduced (!) and that more environmental protection and mitigation is needed.This will undoubtedly become relevant when the business case for HS2 is revised.

 

PETITIONING.

 

The government are moving on to the next stage of planning for HS2 and have prepared a ‘Hybrid Bill’ which has been set before parliament.Details HERE

This Bill will have it’s second reading on 28th of April when MPs will debate and vote on the plans for HS2 as proposed in the Environmental Statement.

It is expected that there will be opposition from some MPs, but not enough to prevent the Bill being passed – though it’s not too late to put pressure on as many MPs as possible – see below **

This is a crucial stage for us as it offers the opportunity to get involved and change the final details of the plans for HS2 in our local area.It is a process known as ‘ petitioning ‘

This is different from the traditional type of petition,which is a collection of signatures.This is a formal legal process that allows individuals affected by a project to be heard by a special committee.More information HERE

In short this will be the last opportunity to have a say in the plans for HS2. It is a means to negotiate for the best possible mitigation IF HS2 goes ahead. If you don’t raise issues or ask for your issues to be considered NOW it will be too late once the

Hybrid bill is passed and HS2 Ltd will have the rights granted to what ever they want with no regard to local needs.

 

We are urging as many people to come forward as possible to get involved in this process. It sounds daunting but it needn’t be – lots of local people will be joining in and you won’t have to do it alone.

Everyone from Hillingdon Council to Resident Associations will be involved but we need more local people with specific issues, particularly businesses,schools and other institutions to help with petitions.

 

Some of the issues that can be petitioned on are ;

Noise, traffic congestion,loss of homes,construction sites,hours of construction,pollution,business losses,access to homes,schools and businesses,disruption to bus services,delays getting to work or to healthcare,ruined views,loss of local facilities like H.O.A.C and fishing lakes,access to public footpaths and fields etc etc

The list is endless!

 

Whilst HAHS2 will be putting in general petition – WE CAN NOT PETITION FOR YOU!

So if you believe you will be affected by HS2 in ANY WAY, please contact your nearest Resident Association. Listed HERE or Local Councillors. Listed HERE for advice. Or you can email us at info@ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk for more information.Time is limited and petitions must be prepared and submitted by mid May 2014. Petitions must be taken to and deposited at Parliament and we have secured the help of MPs Nick Hurd and John Randall to assist with this.Please let us know if you are planning to petition.

 

Some information sessions will be running at Harefield Library – drop in between 10a.m and 12 noon 19th and 26th April.
There will also be a petitioning workshop for anyone who wants to find out more at:

The DeVere Hotel, Tilehouse Land Denham.  15th April 7pm – 8.30pm

 

For the most comprehensive guide to how the petitioning process works follow this link. There is also a toolbox which will enable you draft your petition.

http://stophs2.org/news/10609-stop-hs2-comprehensive-guide-petitioning-hybrid-bill

 

April 28th

This will be the date that the hybrid bill will be debated in parliament and so HAHS2 are planning to be outside Westminster on the day along with other Action Groups from along the line. We have had protests before and whilst some local people have joined us we have yet to have a turnout big enough to reflect the amount of opposition to HS2 that there really is.PLEASE KEEP THIS DATE FREE AND PLAN TO JOIN US! – MORE INFORMATION ONCE DETAILS ARE FINALISED.

 

Photographs

We are currently collating pictures of lots of individuals in ‘selfie’ type photos,each with one person holding up a simple message about HS2. We’re hoping to create an online and media campaign in pictures to co-inside with April 28th.

It would be great if as many of you as possible can join in – particularly if you can’t join us in Westminster. Please see our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/360986966901/  for more information and examples. All pictures should be emailed to photos@stophs2.org

 

Daily Updates

News about HS2 changes on a daily basis. To keep up with all the relevant national and local news please join our Facebook page and help us share details on Twitter.

Social media is playing a big part in keeping the debate about HS2 alive so please do use Facebook and the #HS2 and or #StopHS2 hashtags when tweeting.Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 to join in.

 

Fundraising

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made any financial contribution to our campaign to date but we still really need your support!

Each petition of the hybrid bill costs £20 and whilst this is not prohibitive, the costs soon mount up! We are also trying to raise funds to support the Stop HS2 stands at the party conferences which will be crucial as we continue to lobby MPs in the run up to the 2015 election.

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

You can also help raise funds – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

How Else You Can Help

** Please send a simple message to any MP in the country and ask them to vote against the HS2 hybrid Bill on April 28th

www.highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to any MP. Please ask friends and family, all over the country to email too. More MPs need to vote against the Hybrid Bill – particularly in the South West and Northern counties.

 

As usual there are many more things that you can do to help to take the campaign forward. Writing letters, signing petitions, making donations are all really important.

Please click this LINK for our website to see a list of all the current ways in which you can help – please remember to share these with friends and family!

Even if you have done these things before it’s vital to keep the pressure up to really help make a difference.

 

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has reiterated the party’s opposition to HS2 as a red line issue

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has reiterated the party’s opposition to HS2 as a red line issue, supporting a letter in The Times supported by the HS2 Action Alliance, the Countryside Alliance and The Wildlife Trust.

The letter reads: “There are few more iconic images of the recent storms and the flooding which devastated so many thousands of lives than the Great Western Line at Dawlish collapsing into the sea, cutting off the main rail route to the South West of England.

“This underlines the stark choice in determining priorities for investment in Britain’s transport network – between investment in increasing resilience, developing regional transport connections and relieving the plight of the thousands forced to stand on trains each day, or ploughing ahead with a London-centric high-speed line with a dreadful business case which connects just four cities.

“Successive justifications for HS2 have failed to convince, so its supporters are asserting that the West Coast Mainline is full to capacity and HS2 is needed to relive it. Yet Network Rail’s latest figures show that intercity trains are running at just 52 per cent full into Euston station at peak times, and that Euston is one of London’s least busy termini.

“With the Treasury predicting that HS2 will cost £73 billion – £1,500 for each adult in Britain – as well as causing huge environmental damage, it is clear that the time has come for a comprehensive review of the UK’s transport priorities, and where, if at all, HS2 fits with this.

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John Bishop tells us the story of HS2, Are we sitting comfortably ?

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Dear Supporters,

 

February marks the 3rd anniversary of the official formation of Ruislip Against HS2! A brief overview for our newer subscribers:

Looking back over the years we believe we have made a massive difference to the plans for HS2 and the extent to which those plans will affect our communities.Soon after forming, we extended our action group to become Hillingdon Against HS2 –  to incorporate the concerns of the wider Hillingdon Borough and are supported by resident groups from South Ruislip, Ruislip Gardens,Ickenham and Harefield, whilst working closely with Hillingdon Council, who remain steadfast in their opposition to HS2.We have in turn always supported and worked with Stop HS2HS2 Action Alliance and 51M.With your continued support we believe we will be able to put enough pressure on government to scrap HS2.

 

There are now just 2 days left to respond to the Environmental Statement Consultation. After winning an extension to this consultation period in The House of Lords,we hope you will have made use of the extra time to make a full response.

If not there is still time! The closing date is Thursday 27th February – though we urge you to get your response in now as there have often been problems with online submissions on the final day.

Hillingdon Against HS2 will be making a detailed response on behalf of all residents which will be on our website www.hillingdon-against-hs2.com shortly but we need as many residents as possible to be contributing. Hillingdon Council have submitted their response,you may find this useful reading to help with your own response – Click the links HERE

 

There are lots of different ways to make your response. This consultation is open to every adult in the country so please make sure everyone who can, from your household, has contributed and then remind all your friends,family and neighbours!

So many easy options – so no excuses !! 

 

HERE’S HOW

 

Fill in your name and address on one of our free post cards which lists the main Hillingdon wide concerns – still available in all local libraries.

 

Use the official government website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement

 

Simply send your list of comments and concerns to: HS2PhaseOneBillES@dialoguebydesign.com Remember to state it is your ‘official response’ to the consultation and which Community Forum Area it relates to;

CFA5 – Northolt Corridor  CFA6 – South Ruislip – Ickenham CFA7 – Colne Valley – though you are not limited to just our local area,you are entitled to comment on any area or the whole route too.

HS2PhaseOneBillES@dialoguebydesign.com

 

HS2 Action Alliance have also produced a really easy response form which takes a few seconds to complete – please email it to family and friends and then share it on social media.

http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/environmental-consultation-2014/

 

Stop HS2 have a pre prepared response form with more detailed points

http://stophs2.org/news/10406-phase-1-es-consultation-response-form

 

The more detail you can add in to your response the better – and the the more businesses, schools, institutions, local groups you can persuade to contribute will really make a difference.

If,for instance,you are concerned about construction traffic, your route to work,school or access to local transport,medical services,loss of leisure activities,footpaths,flood plains etc etc,please remember to be specific and name them.

 

If you believe you will be directly or even indirectly affected by the construction or running of HS2 in ANY WAY please make sure you respond.  If you do not respond to the consultation and later decide you would like to contribute to the petitioning process

(which is a direct way of negotiating mitigation – should HS2 ever happen ) your petition will hold less weight if you have not made a consultation response and highlighted your concerns.

Many people have shied away from getting involved in the past as they have felt that ‘it probably won’t happen’ or ‘it’s too political’ or ‘enough others do it’- Please know this is your LAST CHANCE to make a difference.

 

North Ruislip Update

Recent comments from MP Nick Hurd ( through Ruislip Resident association Newsletter,The Town Crier) have been particularly misleading in relation to the information detailed in the Environmental Statement.

To clarify 

Ickenham Road,Ruislip High Street, Bury Street and Ladygate Lane ARE STILL INTENDED TO BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTION HGV TRAFFIC FOR UP TO 10 YEARS.

This is by no means the full extent of the devastating problems to be caused by construction traffic through our communities but it has been a recent source of conflicting information from HS2Ltd – not least because they wanted to underplay the impact of construction traffic here.This route is still documented by HS2Ltd as having ‘major adverse impact’. The knock on effect is immeasurable when you consider the wider implications for instance on; Swakeley’s Road,West End Road,Victoria Road and the surrounding areas and access to the A40, Harrow, Northwood and beyond.

 

Ruislip Gardens Update

Whilst the Ruislip Gardens/ South Ruislip area – including West End Road, are not directly impacted by HS2 (as the plans here are for tunnelling) the surrounding areas will still be adversely affected by construction preparation work and are set to be disrupted on a major scale.

West End Road will undoubtedly bear the brunt of all the displaced traffic from Ickenham, Northolt,and South Ruislip but worse still, is likely to be closed for an unspecified period of time – along with Bridgewater Road and Long Drive.

ALL UTILITIES ; sewers, water supplies,gas,electricity and telecom services need to be diverted ,protected or replaced before tunnelling begins.The implications of this will have enormous knock on effects to the local area.Please consider the impact on access to The Ruislip Garden’s Estate, Ruislip Garden’s Primary School, Ruislip High School, Ruislip Garden’s Station, RAF Northolt, New Pond Parade shops, Sainsbury’s,South Ruislip Station….

 

Ickenham/ Harefield Update

As the tunnel portal emerges at West Ruislip, Ickenham will become unrecognisable as the village it is today.Thousands of daily HGV lorry movements,for up to 10 years,are planned. Many properties,including farms,homes and businesses will be compulsory purchased to make way for dumping grounds,construction sites,worker’s compounds and a temporary railhead to move millions of tonnes of excavated soil.

The Colne Valley will be changed for ever with the loss of H.O.A.C, fishing lakes,and the surrounding landscape being decimated by construction sites,concrete making factories,electricity pylons being moved and road diversions and ultimately a vast viaduct across the lakes.

 

More details of all the dire environmental consequences of HS2 can be found in the full Environmental Statement HERE

 

However you choose to respond to the consultation PLEASE make sure you do – and make your opinion count! 

 

What happens Next?

 

HAHS2 will continue to fight for HS2 to be stopped in it’s entirety but in the background we will also be campaigning to make sure that if it ever happens we have secured the best mitigation and compensation possible for our communities.

We will be seeking legal advice on how to move forward with the petitioning process. If anyone feels they are directly affected by HS2 and would be interested in getting involved please contact us info@hillingdon-against-hs2.com

More information about petitioning can be found HERE and we will be holding future events to help co-ordinate individual petitions.

 

Daily Updates

News about HS2 changes on a daily basis. To keep up with all the relevant national and local news please join our Facebook page and help us share details on Twitter.

Social media is playing a big part in keeping the debate about HS2 alive so please do use Facebook and the #HS2 when tweeting.Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 to join in.

 

Fundraising

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made any financial contribution to our campaign but we still really need your support!

Our recent fundraising event at West Ruislip’s Comedy Bunker was a huge success and provided some much needed light relief!! – Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and came along!

Proceeds from fundraising help in many ways. Our priority is always to raise awareness locally but we also support the national efforts of Stop HS2 and any ongoing court action as well as political lobbying, which will be stepped up over the coming month as HS2 will very much become an election issue before 2015.

 

If you can contribute in any small way, donations will be gratefully received either via Paypal on our website by clicking the donate button HERE or by sending cheques to Hillingdon Against HS2 to: 8 Almond Close, Ruislip , HA46EB

You can also help raise funds – FOR FREE! as you do your everyday shopping online – please register HERE

 

How Else You Can Help

The recent flooding disasters have helped highlight the need for investment in local infrastructure across the whole country and not just £50 Billion spent on one elite north / south rail route.

We urge you to put real pressure on your MP as the HS2 Hybrid Bill needs to be stopped!  Please write directly to or email your MP to tell them you expect them to do more to Stop HS2 and to vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

 

www.highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to any MP. Please ask friends and family, all over the country to email too. More MPs need to vote against the Hybrid Bill- particularly in the South West and Northern counties.

 

As usual there are many more things that you can do to help to take the campaign forward. Writing letters, signing petitions, making donations are all really important.

Please click this LINK for our website to see a list of all the current ways in which you can help – please remember to share these with friends and family!

Even if you have done these things before it’s vital to keep the pressure up to really help make a difference.

 

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

 

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HS2 report blocked again. What are the government trying to hide?

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has exercised a veto on publication of a report pertaining to HS2, this veto is a rare veto seen as the nuclear option in this sort of case – to keep the HS2 report under wraps.

This veto has only been used a handful of times, including the blocking of publication of cabinet discussions on the Iraq War, the NHS risk register, and letters from Prince Charles to Cabinet members. This is the first time the veto has been used in relation to a ruling made by the Information Commissioner on environmental grounds, and comes the very day after Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude claimed in Parliament that the Government record on releasing information under freedom of information requests is “good”.

UKIP County Councillor Chris Adams said: “This document from November 2011 has been blocked, so we the public cannot see it’s contents. What a disgraceful mess especially when MPs will not be fully informed about the huge expenses that will be occurred in this vanity project. Obviously there is some bad news in the report and the Government wants to bury bad news, keeping the HS2 disaster on track.

“Secrecy and withholding of information kills governments – especially in an era when public and business alike are deeply suspicious of politicians” UKIP has never supported the HS2 route, the three old parties want to spend £50-£80 Billion on this one train line and we say why not use some of that money to improve the whole rail network for everyone. I believe that it is in the public’s interest to release all documents relating to this vanity project. Just what are the government trying to hide?”

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Use of ‘War Veto’ to block publication of HS2 reports is illegal, say Stop HS2.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has today exercised a veto on publication of a report pertaining to HS2. This veto has only been used a handful of times, including the blocking of publication of cabinet discussions on the Iraq War, the NHS risk register, and letters from Prince Charles to Cabinet members. This is the first time the veto has been used in relation to a ruling made by the Information Commissioner on environmental grounds, and comes the very day after Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude claimed in Parliament that the Government record on releasing information under freedom of information requests is “good”.

The document which has been blocked from public scrutiny is a November 2011 report from the Major Projects Authority, which rated HS2 as amber-red, meaning “Successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas. Urgent action is needed to ensure these are addressed, and whether resolution is feasible”.

There have since been a further four MPA reports on HS2, and it was expected that if the Government was forced to publish the November 2011 report, they would then have to publish the subsequent reports. When the MPA was first set up, it was said that reports would be made available two years after production.

Following a Freedom of Information request, and a lengthy appeal process, the Information Commissioner ruled in June 2013 that these documents should be released in both the public interests, and to comply with Environmental Information Regulations. The Government appealed this decision, but just hours before the tribunal was due to take place in December, they withdrew their appeal, as they were certain they would lose. At the time, McLoughlin and Maude wrote to David Cameron, saying:

“Continuing with the appeal would create political and presentational difficulties at a crucial point in the HS2 project’s development .?.?. [therefore we should] exercise the veto now .?.?. Counsel has advised that we are very likely to lose the appeal. We consider that the importance the Government attaches to the successful implementation of the HS2 project .?.?. justifies the use of the veto in this case as exceptional. Disclosure of such recent information would also have a chilling effect on assessments of other Government projects and, indeed, on advice prepared for Government ministers on many other subjects. Counsel has advised that it will be better to veto now rather than after an adverse tribunal decision.”

Today, Mr McLoughlin has exercised the veto, however this veto can only be used in the instance of internal Government communications, and during the appeal process the Information Commissioner accepted that because the information contained in the report had be shared with HS2 Ltd, which is an external organisation owned by the Department for Transport, it had ceased to be an internal communication. Using the veto means that MPs, who will be asked to commit to the £50bn expenditure when the HS2 Hybrid Bill comes to second reading in spring, will not know the details of this report.

In a statement, McLoughlin said;

“I have taken into account the views of Cabinet, Ministers and the Information Commissioner, in considering both the balance of the public interest in disclosure and nondisclosure and whether this is an exceptional case. My view is that the public interest favours nondisclosure. I have also concluded that this constitutes an exceptional case and that the exercise of this power of veto is warranted.”

“The public interest in ensuring that projects of this scale, importance and cost are properly controlled and overseen is very high indeed. The assurance of confidentiality is important in the conduct of the review. In my view, there is nothing in the nature or content of this particular report which outweighs that strong public interest against disclosure.”

Dr Paul Thornton, who brought the original freedom of information request, said it was likely that this would now go to Judicial Review. He said

“The Information Commissioner said in the course of the appeal that facts of the case had changed when it was discovered that the MPA report had been shared with HS2 Ltd. At that point, the exception claimed by the Cabinet Office could not be engaged. The veto can only be used when there is a dispute over public interest, and that cannot be used in this case because the report is not an internal communication.”

“This is a delaying tactic on the part of Government as they know decision is likely to go to Judicial Review. This should not be necessary as Parliament should be scrutinising this arbitrary decision and ensuring that it is overturned, as creates an alarming precedent.”

Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said:

“It is absolutely disgraceful that the Government doesn’t want MPs, who should be fully informed before voting on the colossal expenditure HS2 entails, to actually have all the information about the project. This just proves that there has been, and continues to be an agenda from Government to deceive MPs and the public with spin and dismiss any independent information showing just how bad the HS2 project is. It also shows that this Governments’ supposed ‘transparency agenda’ is as transparent as a lump of coal. What is the point in having reports on projects if they cannot be used to inform the debate around them?” 

“The Government know full well that this report wasn’t an internal communication and that the way they have implemented this veto is therefore illegal, but they don’t care, all they want is to make sure this report stays buried for just a little longer so they can con MPs into voting for their white elephant vanity project. Ministers made this exceptionally clear when they said publication of these reports would cause ‘political and presentational difficulties’ and could seriously damage the project. That was an admission that knowing the truth about HS2 would finish it off, and we can only hope that Parliament does not accept this cynical hypocritical attempt to cover-up the truth for simple political expediency. This is no way to run a railway, or indeed a country.”

Penny Gaines, chair of Stop HS2 said

“Patrick MacLoughlin claims that it is not in the public interest to release the Major Projects Authority report into HS2, which gave them amber/red ratings four times in a row.  Since then the problems with the way the HS2 project is run is coming into sharp focus.  The budget for HS2 has been increased by £10 billion, which seems to be the only way to improve the MPA rating.  The rebuild of Euston station has cancelled, because HS2 got their sums wrong.  HS2 has admitted loosing over 1000 consultation responses, and the ongoing Phase 1 environmental statement consultation was extended by the House of Lords by over a month because of lost data.”

 ”With increasing numbers of people opposed to HS2, it’s time that the government ditched this white elephant and cancelled HS2.”

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said:

“This is a disappointing decision, and I’ll be studying the Secretary of State’s explanation to understand why this has been ruled an exceptional case. There’s important legal issues to be considered here, and I’ll be highlighting our view of them in an open letter to the Justice Committee in due course.”

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Dear Stop HS2 supporter 

Reminder: Consultation on Phase 2, deadline Friday, 31st January 2014, 5pm.

Responses to the Phase 2 route consultation need to be in by next Friday, 31st January at 5pm.  Everyone is urged to respond, whether you live close to Phase 2 or elsewhere.

There is still time to respond by post, but you can email responses to HS2PhaseTwoRoute@Ipsos.com or fill in their online form.  Details of how to respond are on the Stop HS2 website: see http://stophs2.org/consultation.

Phase 1 Environmental Statement Consultation deadline extended again

Yes, the environmental consultation has been extended for the second time, by the House of Lords Standing Orders Committee and is now the 27th February 2014.

This gives you all time to respond to both consultations!

The committee took evidence from Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin and Marjorie Fox, campaigner from Harefield Stop HS2.  They persuaded the committee that releasing new information a couple of days before the Parliamentary Christmas recess did not give adequate time for this to be sent on to the people who wanted to respond. (Thank you to everyone who has sent us the evidence we needed.)

This extended deadline has pushed back the the second reading of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.  The earliest possible date is now the last day before the Easter Recess, but it is more likely to be late April or May.

Geoffrey Palmer reads “A Poem For Dave”

Have you seen our most liked recent video on the Stop HS2 youtube channel?

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/30BT9totzUo

It’s Geoffrey Palmer, the well-known actor, reading “A poem for Dave”.  The poem was written by Anthony Chapman, of the Wendover HS2 action group.

(Anthony asked me to get everyone watching it to pass it on to their friends and relatives.)

Remember

Deadline for Phase 2 route consultation Friday 31st January 2014!

 

Penny Gaines

Chair Stop HS2

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Dear Supporters,

 

In what is proving to be a very busy week in the world of HS2 we have some important updates for you.

 

Environmental Consultation Extended!

The House of Commons last week accepted that because 877 pages of information were missing from the Environmental Statement over the Christmas period, the consultation should be extended.

Further evidence ( of errors contained in the documents) was then taken to The House of Lords on Monday by Stop HS2 and a member of HAHS2, and a decision has been taken to further extend that period until 27th of February.

 

If you haven’t already responded to the consultation – you now have some extra time!

Our freepost,easy response postcards are still available in all the local libraries.

Please encourage all your friends,family and neighbours to fill them out – anyone in the U.K over 18 can respond.

 

To order free copies of the relevant documents please call HS2Ltd on 0207 944 4908

 

To make a more detailed response please click the link 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement

 

Supreme Court Judgement.

Yesterday the Supreme Court unfortunately dismissed the legal challenges that HS2 Action Alliance and 51M group,had brought to appeal.

Whilst this is disappointing news, it is important to understand that it does not mean the fight against HS2 is over. The court cases were never about whether HS2 should go ahead or not but about the government acting in the right way.

Unfortunately today’s decision will add to the government’s arrogance and their belief that they can push ahead with HS2 however they like, with little regard for the environment or those who are adversely impacted by it.

There is a long way to go yet and there are still more options for pursuing the case further in Europe.

It’s important to understand that HS2 is still not legislated for, it’s not a ‘done deal’ and there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved and help Stop HS2.

 

Statement from Hillingdon Council

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon, said ”Although we understand the reasons why the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals, we will continue in our fight against HS2 and will do everything possible to protect our residents against this flawed project. Hillingdon will be pursuing it’s further judicial review challenge and it will be closely monitoring the Government as it seeks to take the Hybrid Bill through the Parliamentary process. Political lobbying against the project will also be of utmost importance and Hillingdon will be stepping up its efforts in this regard.”

 

Fundraising Event

Don’t forget our next event! – Come and join us for a few laughs and help us raise some funds.

 

An evening at The Comedy Bunker, The Fairway/Ruislip Golf Centre

8p.m Friday 21st February – Stand up comics and Bar.

Tickets £12 each – Please Call Christine on 0774239325 to book.

 

More ways to help                                                                                                                                           

We urge you to keep putting pressure on your MP as the HS2 Hybrid Bill needs to be stopped! Local MPs will not be representing our communities if they vote for this bill. Please write directly to or email your MP to tell them you expect them to do more to Stop HS2 and to vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill. www.highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to your MP for you. Please ask friends and family, all over the country to email too. More MPs need to vote against the Hybrid Bill.

 

As usual there are many more things that you can do to help to take the campaign forward. Writing letters, signing petitions, making donations are all really important.

Please click this LINK for our website to see a list of all the current ways in which you can help – please remember to share these with friends and family!

Even if you have done these things before it’s vital to keep the pressure up to really help make a difference.

Social media is playing a big part in keeping the debate about HS2 alive so please do use Facebook and follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 to join in.

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

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NEWS LETTER No 36

From: jones.lottie@gmail.com [mailto:jones.lottie@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Ruislip Against HS2
Sent: 06 January 2014 19:43
To: Lottie Jones
Subject: NEWS LETTER 36

 

Dear Supporters,

 

Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed the festive season and are ready to help make 2014 the year we finally Stop HS2.As always there is much to be done and many ways in which you can help us to strengthen our campaign in the coming months.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us at Parliament for the very successful HS2 lobby day back in November – we certainly made our presence felt and it was a great opportunity to raise awareness with more MPs and Lords.We’d also like to thank those of you who have made financial contributions to the campaign in the last year – we are very grateful for your support. As January gets underway the most important information you need is about the environmental Statement.Please share it far and wide with as many local people as you can.

 

Dates for your Diary. Drop in Sessions 11th/17th/18th/21st Jan. Cons ends 24th Jan, Fundraising Night 21st Feb – more details below.

 

There are only a couple of weeks left to respond to the Environmental Consultation and prepare for petitioning Government for final changes and maximum mitigation of the current plans.

Whilst Hillingdon Against HS2’s ultimate aim is to stop the project in it’s entirety,we have no choice but to enter into important negotiation for mitigation of the effects of construction and detail of the the government’s plans.

Our whole community is under threat and we must act now to help reduce the impact as much as possible.This time we cannot do this for you – You have to personally respond and get involved.

                                                                                                      You have one last chance to affect the HS2 plans – This is it! – It is vital that you respond to the consultation.

HS2 Ltd have launched the final environmental consultation for Phase 1, revealing even more devastating details of the shocking impact the High Speed Rail link will have on our local area and community. The construction and operation of the line will cause serious disruption to everyone living, working, travelling or commuting around Ruislip,Northolt the A40, Ickenham and Harefield for at least 10 years.

 

If you thought HS2 wouldn’t affect you – think again!

Plans include ; a twin bore tunnel underneath Ruislip (the size of the channel tunnel) a viaduct approximately 3.4km long in Harefield plus electrical substations,huge construction sites, the loss of HOAC, 1,360 HGVs trips a day on Harvil Road for up to 10 years, a concrete factory near Harvil Road, homes permanently affected by noise & 3m high spoil dumps around Breakspear Road South, Harvil Road and Newyears Green Lane.

 

HS2Ltd state that “The main local roads affected by the Proposed Scheme are Harvil Road and Breakspear Road South which both lead to the A40 via B467 Swakeleys Road, High Road Ickenham, Ickenham Road, Ruislip High Street, Breakspear Road and Ladygate Lane.”

However all the main roads in and around the surrounding areas will suffer as traffic is increased and displaced.Many other associated works including movement of utilities (water mains, gas and electricity supplies along with telecom services) will cause major disruption away from the actual railway route with extensive roadworks, including West End Road, Victoria Road,Bridgewater Road and Long Drive in South Ruislip.Possible serious delays to emergency services and access to Harefield Hospital are also of significant concern.

 

                                                                                                                                       HS2 Ltd are not holding events for you to view the details or ask questions this time.

The full set of consultation documents are available to view at South Ruislip, Harefield and Ickenham libraries both as paper copies and on a PC. You can order free copies of the documents by calling HS2 on 020 7944 4908 or by emailing HS2Enquiries@hs2.org.uk. Or you can view them on the gov.uk website. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement

 

 

                                                                                Please take time to view all the details and understand how it will effect you and raise your concerns.

HS2 construction would be due to start in 2015 and is estimated to take up to 10 YEARS in some areas. Air, noise and water pollution will be considerable and work is expected to happen 24 HOURS/ 7 DAYS A WEEK.

If you live, work or go near the following areas you may be affected by disruption, land-take, diversions or vibration:

 

NORTHOLT – SOUTH RUISLIP          RUISLIP                                     ICKENHAM- HAREFIELD                               

Mandeville Road                              West End Road                         The Greenway

Bridgwater Road                              Herlwyn Ave                              Swakeleys Road

Great Central Avenue                       Ruislip High Street                 Ickenham High Road      

Eastcote Lane                                  Bury Street                                 Harvil Road   

Field End Road                                Ladygate Lane                           Breakspear Road South

Victoria Road                                   Hill Lane                                      Hoylake Crescent                                                 

Cedar Avenue                                   Ickenham Road                        H.O.A.C                                                                                         

Station Approach                             Roundways                              Moorhall Road                                                       

Rabournmead Drive                         Lawn Close                             Hillside

Ruislip Gardens                               Almond Close                          The Furrows

                                                          Blenheim Care Home                Dellside

                                                        Ruislip Rifle Club                        Harefield Marina

                                                        West Ruislip Golf Course          Savay, Korda & Broadwater Lakes                                                                                                                                                

        Breakspear Road 

        Breakspear Crematorium         Copthall Road West   

        Blenheim Crescent                     Dogs Trust

        Ickenham Close                          New Years Lane

        Harwell Close                              Grand Union Canal towpath

                            Merle Avenue

                            Park Lane

                                

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU – COME AND GET HELP AND ADVICE AT OUR NEXT EVENTS

 

                                                              HILLINGDON AGAINST HS2 WILL BE AT:

 

  Ruislip Library  17th January 11am –2pm

Ickenham Library 21st January 11am -2pm

             Harefield Library Every Saturday in January 10a.m -12pm

 

HOW TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION

                                                                          We have put together a postcard response form to help you reply, please collect from your local library or the above events.

It would be better to write a personal response by post or email  https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement.

 

 

This consultation closes on 24th January 2014.

PETITIONING

If you are personally or directly affected by these plans you can petition parliament in 2014 to ask for improvements / amendments to the scheme. For instance that lorries only use your road at certain times of day, for better noise insulation,get a construction compound

moved or lost facilities replaced.There are all sorts of options.You cannot simply petition against the plans, this is about making suggestions for alternatives and improvements.A personal petition will cost £20.

We will run more information events nearer the time to help you with petitioning BUT if you do not raise your concerns / suggestions now,during this consultation, then it is less likely that the petition will be agreed to.

 

 FUNDRAISING EVENT !

                                                         Come and have a few laughs and help us raise funds! Hillingdon Against HS2 have organised an evening at The Comedy Bunker  The Fairway/ Ruislip Golf Centre HA4 7DQ

                                                                                                                                                                       8p.m on Friday 21st February – Tickets £12.00 Each

                                                                                                                                                                             Call Christine on 0774 239 325 to book.

 

                                                                                                                                                                             How Else You Can Help

We urge you to put real pressure on your MP as the HS2 Hybrid Bill needs to be stopped! Local MPs will not be representing our communities if they vote for this bill. Please write directly to or email your MP to tell them you expect them to do more to Stop HS2 and to vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill. www.highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to your MP for you. Please ask friends and family, all over the country to email too. More MPs need to vote against the Hybrid Bill.

 

As usual there are many more things that you can do to help to take the campaign forward. Writing letters, signing petitions, making donations are all really important.

Please click this LINK for our website to see a list of all the current ways in which you can help – please remember to share these with friends and family!

Even if you have done these things before it’s vital to keep the pressure up to really help make a difference.

Social media is playing a big part in keeping the debate about HS2 alive so please do use Facebook and follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2 to join in.

 

Once again,Many Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2

 

 

 

You have been included in this email update from details you have provided

us with.Please be assured that your details will be used for this purpose

only and no other. Email addresses will not be passed on to anyone else.If

you no longer wish to be included on our email list, please reply with

UN-SUBSCRIBE in the subject title. 

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HS2 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

 IT’S GETTING PERSONAL!

 

Traffic Concrete Construction compounds Viaduct Diversions Closures Compulsory Purchase Electrical Substations Loss of Facilities Noise 24/7 Stress Woodland Moving pylons HGVs Footpaths Air Wildlife Water supply

 

NO ONE CAN FIGHT THIS ON YOUR BEHALF

 THIS TIME – YOU HAVE TO PERSONALLY RESPOND AND GET INVOLVED

YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE LEFT TO AFFECT THE HS2 PLANS – THIS IS IT!

IT IS VITAL THAT YOU RESPOND TO THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTATION

IF YOU DON’T MENTION A CHANGE / IMPROVEMENT YOU NEED BY THE 24TH OF JAN 2014 IT MAY BE TOO LATE

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU – COME AND FIND OUT MORE AT OUR

HILLINGDON AGAINST HS2 DROP INS

11am – 2pm, 17th January – Ruislip Library

11am – 2pm, 21st January – Ickenham Library

10am -12pm, Every Saturday in January – Harefield Library

Please do come along to our drop-ins and see just how HS2 will affect you

 

HS2 Ltd have launched a final environmental consultation for Phase 1, revealing even more devastating details of the shocking impact the High Speed Rail link will have on our local area and community. The construction and operation of the line will cause serious disruption to everyone living, working, travelling or commuting around Northolt, the A40, Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield. If you thought HS2 wouldn’t affect you – think again!

 

If you are directly affected in any way you need to respond to this consultation, raising your concerns and then you must petition (we can help) to get them to consider/agree to your request. If you don’t respond to this consultation raising your issue now, it may affect your petition later on. There will only be a short window to petition so get in touch with us (info@ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk) so we can keep you posted.

 

Plans include a viaduct approximately 3.4km long in Harefield plus electrical substations, the loss of HOAC, 1,360 HGVs trips a day on Harvil Road for up to 10 years, a concrete factory near Harvil Road, homes permanently affected by noise & 3m high spoil dumps around Breakspear Road South, Harvil Road and Newyears Green Lane.

 

HS2 state that “The main local roads affected by the Proposed Scheme are Harvil Road and Breakspear Road South which both lead to the A40 via B467 Swakeleys Road, High Road Ickenham, Ickenham Road, High Street, Breakspear Road and Ladygate Lane.”

 

HS2 Ltd are not holding events for you to view the details or ask questions this time, despite telling us that we should wait for this consultation to get all the information we have been asking for, for the last few years. The full set of consultation documents are available to view at South Ruislip, Harefield and Ickenham libraries both as paper copies and on a PC. You can order free copies of the docs by calling HS2 on 020 7944 4908 or by emailing HS2Enquiries@hs2.org.uk. Or you can view them on the gov.uk website.

 

For more information – www.hillingdon-against-hs2.com

HS2 construction would be due to start in 2015 and is estimated to take up to 10 YEARS in some areas. Air, noise and water pollution will be considerable and work is expected to happen 24 HOURS/ 7 DAYS A WEEK. If you live, work or go near the following areas you may be affected by disruption, land-take, diversions or vibration:

 

NORTHOLT – SOUTH RUISLIP      RUISLIP                                ICKENHAM- HAREFIELD                               

Mandeville Road                             West End Road                                 The Greenway

Bridgwater Road                              Herlwyn Ave                     Swakeleys Road

Great Central Avenue                   Ruislip High Street          Ickenham High Road      

Eastcote Lane                                    Bury Street                         Harvil Road   

Field End Road                                  Ladygate Lane                   Breakspear Road South

Victoria Road                                 Hill Lane                  Hoylake Crescent                                           

Cedar Avenue                                   Ickenham Road                 H.O.A.C                                                                               

Station Approach                             Roundways                        Moorhall Road                                                 

Rabournmead Drive                       Ruislip Golf Club              Hillside

Ruislip Gardens                                Latter Day Saints              The Furrows

                                                                Blenheim Care Home    Dellside

                                                                Ruislip Rifle Club             Harefield Marina

                                                                Lawn Close                         Savay, Korda & Broadwater Lakes                                                                                                            Almond Close                   Grand Union Canal towpath

Breakspear Road              Copthall Road West

Blenheim Crescent         Dogs Trust 

New Years Lane

Merle Avenue

Park Lane

 

Many of these roads will be affected for years, some for months and as they are affected other roads and routes will become busy and congested. Noise and air pollution travels so if you are near these roads or use them (which let’s face it we all do) then you need to respond to this consultation.

 

HOW TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION

We have put together a postcard response form to help you reply please collect from your local library.

It would be better to write a personal response by post or email please visit the library, our drop-ins or the gov.uk website for more information. There is a response form available or you can email comments. Please copy us on your response.

 

If you are personally and directly affected by these plans you can petition parliament in 2014 for £20 to ask for improvements / amendments to the scheme. For instance that lorries only use your road at certain times of day, for better noise insulation or to get a construction compound moved.

We will run drop ins nearer the time about petitioning BUT If you do not raise your concerns / suggestions during this consultation, then it is less likely that the petition will be agreed to.

 

This consultation closes on 24th January 2014.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

We urge you to put real pressure on your MP as the HS2 Hybrid Bill needs to be stopped! Local MPs will not be representing our communities if they vote for this bill. Please write directly to or email your MP to tell them you expect them to do more to Stop HS2 and to vote against the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

www.highspeedrail.org.uk/ is a really useful and easy website that generates letters to your MP for you. Please ask friends and family, all over the country to email too. Many MPs need to vote against the Hybrid Bill.

 

Join our Facebook group Ruislip Against HS2 or follow us on Twitter  @HillingdonAHS2

There are lots of other ways to help on our website  www.hillingdon-against-hs2.com

 

Come to our fundraiser event at the Comedy Bunker, west Ruislip on the 21st of Feb  for tickets : £12 call Christine – 07742 239325 or order online www.hillingdon-against-hs2.com.  HELP US RAISE FUNDS WHILE YOU HAVE FUN!

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/12/11/dont-vote-for-parties-that-back-hs2-urge-campaigners/

We must call a halt to HS2 now, says Farage, after latest damning report

A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee, discrediting the supposed benefits of HS2 has been welcomed by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.

The report shows that while the costs of the high-speed rail project continue to rapidly increase, the reported advantages of the proposed train line, are more fallacy than fact.

“Well finally there we have it. Even the Public Accounts Committee, who advise the Government on the cost effectiveness of policy, have dismissed the arguments for HS2 as a load of bunkum. Surely that should be the final nail in the coffin.

“There is no way HS2 will improve interconnections between UK towns and cities. A high speed rail line, must, in order to run at a high speed, stop at as few destinations as possible. That will surely mean everyone crammed onto the same train. It will do little other than shuttle a select few people in and out of London in a faster time for a great cost. The South East is already sucking too much business away from the rest of the UK. The idea that it will reduce overcrowding and improve the spread of employment across the country is nonsensical.

“We would be far better spending a fraction of the cost of HS2 on improving rail networks and train stations between towns and cities across the whole of the UK. Let’s invest sensibly in more trains and longer platforms, with cheaper rail fares for passengers, rather than this ludicrous vanity project.

“Of course in the world of Westminster everything revolves around getting in and out of London. Go into the boroughs of Britain and you quickly register peoples’ frustrations at the increasingly strained public transport systems and the rising cost of travel.

“Now that the economic argument for HS2 has been blown away, let’s see if the Prime Minister and his cronies continue to arrogantly cling to their pet project.

“It is high time that this Government realised that on this, on Syria, on Europe, and on immigration, far from being part of an ‘unholy alliance’ UKIP are on the side of the majority. Mr Cameron is no Ozymandias, but I look at his works and despair”, said Farage.

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Vanity of HS2 project has nothing to do with job creation

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage addresses the press at a HS2 protest

Responding to the inclusion of two HS2 bills in the Queen’s Speech, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage leader of UKIP said: “Yet again Mr Cameron just doesn’t get it.

“His vanity transport scheme has nothing to do with sorting out the north/south divide or providing real jobs to recession hit northern towns and cities.”

“In the three years since the election, Cameron has blown over a quarter of a billion pounds on HS2 Ltd, its London consultants and PR operation. In all that time, just five jobs have been created outside London. HS2 is the most expensive job creation scheme in history.

“Following last week’s local elections UKIP councillors now represent 50,000 HS2 blighted voters and their families, most of them in Buckinghamshire.

“The Government needs to get the message that people have had enough of being treated with contempt by Conservative Ministers on this issue.  Instead of throwing good money after bad, Cameron should be scrapping this white elephant that is destroying so very many lives and businesses.”

Meanwhile, Ayelsbury UKIP Cllr Chris Adams said: In last week’s Council elections we showed clearly the UKIP won directly down the HS2 line starting with Great Missenden.  Tory vote share fell from 65% 4 yrs ago to 37% yesterday.  Aylesbury constituency now has UKIP breathing down Tory necks in terms of share of vote ie 32% to 29% – HS2 effect.”

3 thoughts on “Stop HS2 Archive 2

  1. Once again Bryan, you have exposed the reality behind the rhetoric. HS2 has nothing to do with regenerating the North and everything to do with a vanity project that originated from Brussels as part of the ‘Trans-European Network’ (TEN-T) Directive

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