‘HS2 decision shows there is no justice in UK courts’
Campaigners slam high court rejection of the latest judicial review
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.
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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