‘Fail­ure to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A RE­PORT has been pub­lished which is based on com­plaints about the HS2 project.

The re­port, pub­lished by the Par­lia­men­tary and Health Ser­vice Om­buds­man on Fri­day, Novem­ber 27, is based on an anal­y­sis of how HS2 Ltd dealt with the com­mu­ni­ca­tions of one area dur­ing phase one, which the Om­buds­man de­scribes as fall­ing “be­low rea­son­able stan­dards.”

It fol­lows a Stand­ing Or­ders Com­mit­tee meet­ing in the House of Com­mons on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25, which in­ves­ti­gated ad­di­tions to the Hy­brid Bill, which grants per­mis­sion for work to be­gin on the project.

MP Lind­say Hoyle, who chaired the com­mit­tee, de­scribed HS2 Ltd’s com­pi­la­tion of the En­vi­ron­men­tal State­ment doc­u­ments as an “ab­so­lute sham­bles,” be­cause 77 pages used in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on sur­veys into bat pop­u­la­tions.

As well as this, a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by Jim Con­boy of the Che­sham So­ci­ety re­cently un­cov­ered that HS2 Ltd had pro­vided in­cor­rect traf­fic in­for­ma­tion in its orig­i­nal En­vi­ron­men­tal State­ment con­cern­ing the ca­pac­ity at the A413 and B485 round­about.

New fig­ures show the pre­dicted morn­ing peak queue on the B485, which in­cludes traf­fic es­ti­mates for the year 2021 as well the pro­jected amount of HS2 traf­fic, has in­creased from two to 97 ve­hi­cles.

MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan said: “The last couple of weeks have demon­strated HS2 Ltd’s con­sis­tent fail­ure to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively, pro­vide ac­cu­rate and timely in­for­ma­tion, and en­gage fully with af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

“The re­port to­day demon­strates how a de­lay in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and a lack of thor­ough en­gage­ment can cause detri­men­tal long-term ef­fects to peo­ple’s lives and their wider com­mu­nity.

“This re­port also re­flects the ex­pe­ri­ence of many of my con­stituents. I hope that Par­lia­ment will con­tinue to hold HS2 Ltd to ac­count, as sug­gested in the re­port, to en­sure that th­ese fail­ures do not hap­pen again.”

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