‘HS2 decision shows there is no jus­tice in UK courts’

Cam­paign­ers slam high court re­jec­tion of the lat­est ju­di­cial re­view

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CAM­PAIGN­ERS against HS2 have slammed a high court decision after their lat­est ju­di­cial re­view was re­jected.

Last month, the HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance group, along with Hilling­don Coun­cil, brought a ju­di­cial re­view against the gov­ern­ment con­cern­ing the law­ful­ness of the decision to in­tro­duce safe­guard­ing di­rec­tions to the route with­out first car­ry­ing out a strate­gic en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

The group is now in the process of work­ing on an ap­peal against the decision, which was given at the High Court in Au­gust.

The pro­test­ers claim the case’s out­come shows the ju­di­cial sys­tem in the UK is not pre­pared to in­ter­fere against HS2, with the decision fol­low­ing a se­ries of oth­ers which have gone against cam­paign­ers since the be­gin­ning of 2012.

The groups say that, as well as ap­peal­ing, they will also be con­sid­er­ing what other op­tions are avail­able to them to con­tinue their fight against the project.

Di­rec­tor of HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance, Hi­lary Wharf, said: “As far as HS2 is con­cerned, this decision demon­strates that there is no jus­tice to be found in the UK courts on en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters.

“For­tu­nately the UK is part of an in­ter­na­tional treaty that can­not be so read­ily dis­re­garded. The Aarhus Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee agreed last month the gov­ern­ment has a case to an­swer, which they will hear.”

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, Con­ser­va­tive leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “This decision clearly demon­strates that the courts are turn­ing a blind eye to the gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach in im­ple­ment­ing the HS2 project.

This decision

clearly demon­strates that

the courts are turn­ing a blind eye”

“This very ir­re­spon­si­ble and is al­low­ing the gov­ern­ment to ride roughshod over long­stand­ing laws which pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The coun­cil will look at ev­ery pos­si­ble route to have this flawed decision over­turned.”

The HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance group is now on the look out to add more num­bers to its list of sup­port­ers.

If you would like to find out more, or about vol­un­teer­ing to help the group, email info@ hs2ac­tion­al­liance.org.

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