HS2 doc­u­ment was op­por­tunis­tic

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAVID UP­COTT Ash­bur­ton Road Ruis­lip

A CASE of cyn­i­cal tim­ing by HS2?

In case you haven’t no­ticed the de­vi­ous HS2 have struck again choos­ing the Christ­mas break to for their ac­tions.

On De­cem­ber 16 a Pub­lic No­tice was is­sued de­scribed as ‘Sup­ple­men­tary En­vi­ron­men­tal In­for­ma­tion’ was pub­lished in the Gazette ac­com­pa­nied by a ‘Have Your Say’ con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment.

De­scribed as an ‘Equal­ity im­pact as­sess­ment up­date’ this doc­u­ment is full of to­tally ir­rel­e­vant data re­gard­ing the pop­u­la­tion af­fected.

The bor­oughs go­ing in the di­rec­tion of Eus­ton are per­mit­ted the pro­tec­tion of a tun­nel, while this is de­nied to Ruis­lip and Ick­en­ham. A clear case of un­equal treat­ment by HS2.

The rul­ing by the HS2 sub­com­mit­tee was quite wrong, their judge­ment cri­te­ria were based only on cost, when it should have been as­sessed on all the ev­i­dence sub­mit­ted.

The ef­fect of the con­struc­tion phase will cause un­lim­ited dam­age to the res­i­dent’s health and wel­fare, and must be re­versed.

Th­ese two doc­u­ments were de­lib­er­ately pub­lished over the Christ­mas break pe­riod hop­ing no­body would no­tice.

The have your say con­sul­ta­tion was dated De­cem­ber 12 how­ever it was not no­ti­fied to the pub­lic un­til De­cem­ber 16 and closes on Fri­day Jan­uary 22.

This al­lows far too short a time for the pub­lic to con­sider, to in­ves­ti­gate and re­spond to it.

As Par­lia­ment was in re­cess pub­lic con­tact with their MPs was not pos­si­ble.

This is just an­other at­tempt by HS2 to sti­fle any crit­i­cism and keep the vic­tims of this night­mare pro­ject un­in­formed about their meth­ods.

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