The HS2 Environmental Statement Consultation finishes today (Thursday) just before midnight. In true HS2 incompetence, we can’t even give you the precise time – the HS2 Ltd website says 11.59pm, but the consultation website on gov.uk says 11.45pm.
You can still use our form to respond to the consultation. This has space to add your local concerns.
To make things even easier, you can cut and paste the text below and email it to the consultation address HS2PhaseOneBillES@dialoguebydesign.com. Make sure you include your name and address.
RESPONSE TO THE PHASE 1 ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT CONSULTATION
This is my response to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement Consultation. I am opposed to the proposed HS2 rail project, partly because of the huge environmental costs of the proposed scheme.
These costs affect the environment in both urban and rural areas. They include loss of green spaces, hedgerows and woods, including irreplaceable ancient woodland which is by definition over 400 years old. They include the damaging effects on wildlife, including Barn Owls and the rare Bechstein Bats. They include increased noise and increased light pollution, especially in tranquil rural areas, as well as loss of amenities such as social housing in urban areas. The environmental costs do not just effect communities along the route, as HS2 Ltd’s own figures show it will cause increased carbon emissions until after 2086.
The costs of HS2 to both urban and rural communities and businesses are unacceptable, and the proposed mitigation in the Environmental Statement is wholly inadequate.