‘We must not stop the fight despite Commons approval’
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.