Beacons to light the route

Local HS2 action groups, farmers and other people opposed to HS2 will all be lighting beacons next Monday, 28th Febraury, in a co-ordinated protest against the proposed railway.

The beacons will be lit from Buckinghamshire to Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

There are going to be about 30 beacons in total.  Some of the beacons are being lit in places which are not (currently) on any proposed route.

Campaigners want to emphasize that HS2 will cause irreversible damage to the countryside no matter what route it is built along. However, according to HS2 Ltd, HS2 will not be a major factor in reducing carbon emissions.

In addition to the environmental damage, the rail route will cost about £1250 to every household in every part of Britain.

Stop HS2 urges everyone concerned to go along to their nearest public Beacon lighting, and show their support for the campaign publicly.

Please check with your local action group to see which events near you are open to the public.  Unless otherwise stated, the beacons are all being lit on Monday 28th February at about 6pm (arrive from 5.45pm).

Buckinghamshire
AmershamMantles Green Farm – details here
Great Missenden
Little Missenden
South Heath
Dunsmore,Alongside A413 South of Wendover
Potter Row,
Quainton,In the field opposite the Bucks Railway Centre Overflow Car park, Quainton
Waddesdon,
Doddershall,
Shipton Lee,
Calvert Green,
Preston Bisset,
Chetwode,
Barton Hartshorn and Finemere
Mixbury,
Turweston,
Radstone,
Twyford;Portway Farm, Twyford, Nr Buckingham, MK18 4EA
Oxfordshire
Witney ;
Northamptonshire
Greatworth,
Lower Thorpe Mandeville,
Thorpe Mandeville
Lower Boddington,Boddington & Aston Le Walls residents invite you to their Beacon on Mon 28 Feb, at 6pm in Lower Boddington, NN11 6XY.
Priors Hardwick,
Chipping Warden;
Warwickshire
Kenilworth,meet in a field off the A429 Coventry Road, past Crackley, before the beacon is lit at 6pm. www.hs2cv8.co.uk
Burton Green,
Offchurch and Southan
LadbrokeGreenleaf Nursery on the A423 between Ladbroke and Southam at the point where the existing road and the proposed HS2 line will cross.
Staffordshire
Lichfield,Packinton Moor Farm, Jerry’s Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9QA

Beacon lighting from 6pm, but organisers suggest you aim to arrive about 5.30pm.  Free admission and parking, cafe facilities on site.  More info here.

Middleton,
Drayton Basset,
Polesworth.

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