‘Be prepared for HS2 argument’
Campaigners get ready for committee
PEOPLE are being implored to continue the fight against HS2 by ensuring that their petitions against the project are as effective as possible.
Campaigners against the controversial rail scheme say it is important that people living in the Chilterns and South Bucks areas are as prepared as possible for when they appear before the HS2 select committee, which is likely to be in the second half of this year.
The select committee canmakerecommendations to the government that more is done to mitigate against the effects of HS2 in the area and can also recommend that the line runs through a tunnel in the Chilterns AONB.
Action groups including Denham Against HS2, HS2 Amersham Action Group and Great Missenden Stop HS2 are all petitioning against the project, and are advising others who are set to do the same to take the time to go along to talk to the select committee when they are called, and to prepare an effective argument.
Colin Sully, director of the Chiltern Ridges HS2 Action Group, said: “It is worth recalling that over 800 petitions have asked the Department of Transport for the Chilterns AONB protected with a bored tunnel.
“It’s not surprising so many petitions call for protection for the specially designated landscape.
“It must already be clear to HS2 Ltd that the biggest single issue that people are petitioning on is the impact of HS2 on the Chilterns AONB.
“However, all this will count for nothing if it is not followed-up with a physical presence in front of the select committee.”
Anyone wanting to get tips or advice on how to petition, or to find out more about what the process will involve, is encouraged to get in touch with their local action group. to be