HS2 Update for October 2012

  |  Published: Oct 12th 2012

Wendover HS2

A third Secretary of State for Transport in a year! Patrick McLoughlin, MP, former Chief Whip. What does it mean? Three possibilities: firstly, he rams it through using Paul Deighton (the ex-banker who built the Olympics) as the hit man, the pace is already quickening; secondly, complete the current surveying then mothball HS2 till the airport consultation reports in late 2015; third, scrap HS2 - we wish!

Compensation consultation has been delayed as the new Secretary of State needs to review. We will hold a meeting when it starts - you'd like compensation?

HS2 is offering £1,000 for property access. You need not agree and you can negotiate. Please let us know if you have a request and be careful as the agreement is appalling. Are intrusive investigations like boreholes needed? WHS2 has legal notes available.

From the Community Forum on 10 September; the viaduct might be 60m (200ft) wide, 5.7m (19ft) off the A413, maybe 19m high (65ft) overall; the line is now 2m higher at Nash Lee. A detailed noise map is due for Christmas; traffic impact in spring 2013; construction disruption agreed between council and HS2 after 2015 – Wendover is only a "stakeholder".

Judicial review is in December and remains the best hope of killing HS2. Whoever loses will appeal so more funding will be needed in 2013. The Northern announcement due soon will renew media interest and create a fresh storm of protest. There is a new business case, again. We are lobbying the new Secretary of State. The hybrid bill is only 12 months off, last consultation Spring.

To help to save Wendover, donate £20 or more a month by standing order to Wendover HS2, Lloyds TSB, Sort Code 30-90-38, Number 30265860 or ask for a form. It's spent on the campaign.

For information on property access and standing orders contact Antony Chapman on 01296 623730 or email: chap@halevalley.wanadoo.co.uk.

The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust

The Trust has recently made a grant of £5,000 as a contribution towards the costs of a Judicial Review against the proposed High Speed Rail Link between London and Birmingham, known as HS2, which, if it were to go ahead, would have a huge detrimental effect on our village. This money was originally reserved in February of this year and brings the total amount given by the Trust to fight this proposal to £11,000.
Glenys Newman, Clerk to the Trustees

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