HS2 environmental impact

  |  Published: Jun 21st 2013

The Chiltern Society has asked HS2 Ltd to give the public more time to respond to the consultation document outlining the environmental impact the line will have in the Chilterns.

The company published its 5,000 page draft environmental statement on 16 May and gave the public until 11 July to respond.

But the Society said the normal time given for consultations on complex issues is 14 weeks, not the eight weeks currently on offer.

In its letter to HS2 chief executive Alison Munro, society trustee Mike Overall says the society's preliminary view of the document shows "numerous errors and omissions".

In addition, Mr Overall says the 'community roadshows' held after the publication of the document were too early.

"They were held in half term week when many people were away and did not leave enough time for people to research the information. They were also held on weekdays between 1pm and 8pm which was not a good time for working people," said Mr Overall.

The society says further roadshows should be held at the weekend to give working people the opportunity to properly engage in the consultation.

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