The extension to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement to 27th February, which Stop HS2 helped secure this week, has had some happy knock-on effects, inspiring people who weren’t going to respond to the consultation to do so.
According to Jane Gull, one such person was inspired in Camden but it hasn’t gone according to plan. Her story starts on Thursday January 23rd, the day after HS2 Ltd said they would abide by the House of Lords decision to extend the consultation.
“At 11.30am I called the 0300 123 1102 as displayed on HS2 Ltd website to get a copy of the ES – Volume 2 – Community Forum Area report for Euston – Station approach. I needed it for an elderly resident on Regents Park estate who has not got a computer and is house bound. I was informed that it wasn’t on the system and they would need to look into it and call me back.”
The next day, a lack of communication reminiscent of when the Stop HS2 Campaign Manager broke the news to HS2 Ltd that George Osborn had delayed HS2, was apparent.
“24 hours later, I received a message on my voice mail saying they were not sending them out anymore “sorry about that”. I called them right back at 11.51am to challenge this to which they replied the consultation had finished. When I mentioned the extension to 27th February they said they didn’t know anything about it and asked me “where I had read this?”. They said they would need to speak to head office as they had not heard about the extension.”
“At 15:43 somebody rang me back and said I had to ring another number 0870 6005522.”
Why people now have to ring a premium rate number to obtain documents Phase 1 documents, which can cost anything up to 16p per minute is a mystery. However, we have found the normal land line number for The Stationery Office via saynoto0870.com, which is 01603 622211. It is also the case that this new number doesn’t operate at weekends, while the 0300 number does. People can also get free copies of local ES documents by calling the HS2 Ltd. Public Enquiries team on 020 7944 4908.