‘We must not stop the fight de­spite Com­mons ap­proval’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE are be­ing urged to con­tinue the protests against HS2, de­spite the bill for the con­tro­ver­sial project be­ing passed by the House of Com­mons.

Cam­paign­ers against the project, an­gry that more time was not spent in the Com­mons on the third read­ing, are now press­ing for peo­ple to con­tinue their ob­jec­tion and to pe­ti­tion the Lords be­fore the dead­line at 5pm on Mon­day April 18.

Stop HS2 is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take ac­tion and says: “The good news is three­fold – first the pe­ti­tion­ing of the Lords for HS1 saw quite a few pos­i­tive out­comes, se­condly the lan­guage you have to write in the pe­ti­tion is more mod­ern but, most im­por­tantly, pe­ti­tion­ing the House of Lords is eas­ier in that you don’t have to phys­i­cally turn up.

“You can ac­tu­ally de­posit your pe­ti­tion by email or post.”

The House of Lords will de­bate the bill, which gives per­mis­sion for con­struc­tion to be­gin on the project, and if it is ap­proved by them, it will later be given Royal As­sent, mean­ing work can get un­der way.

It is ex­pected that con­struc­tion of the project will be­gin next year.

Stop HS2 has de­tailed the pe­ti­tion­ing process on its web­site, giv­ing ad­vice and guid­ance to help peo­ple through the process.

There is also a tem­plate of an ex­am­ple pe­ti­tion on which peo­ple can use to base their ob­jec­tions.

Each pe­ti­tion will cost £20 to de­posit, which needs to paid by cash or cheque and any­one de­posit­ing a pe­ti­tion has to be over the age of 18.

To find out more about the process, go to www. stophs2.org.

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