Campaigners are fighting against HS2 in different ways at different places.
At Steeple Claydon, a small group of dedicated activists have been preventing HS2 Ltd from digging up 500 acres for their construction site. They’ve down this by standing in front of the gates and stopping HS2 contractors from moving their digger out of its compound.
Day 6 of #SteepleClaydon #HS2 standoff. Please STOP all enabling works NOW! #Civiliseddisobedience #HS2NoThankYou @ChrisGPackham @WoodlandTrust @ExtinctionR @CllrAngelaMacp @itvmeridian @bucks_herald @grantshapps @DLidington pic.twitter.com/jMdRGi6WDK
— Anti-HS2 – Save Our Countryside (@Hs2Our) October 10, 2019
HS2 were making several attempts a day, so Steeple Claydon campaigners have been there for 10+ hours a day, on a daily basis to prevent the digger coming out.
On Day 16 (yesterday) HS2 have started a new tactic: but in typical HS2 Ltd fashion they found this hard.
They’ve been trying to put in fencing near the site, but their landrover got stuck in the mud.
Day 16. #SteepleClaydon No attempt at moving “de-veg” machinery today. Change of tactics…#HS2 were too busy fencing off the area…and getting stuck in the mud! #HS2NoThankYou @stophs2 @CllrAngelaMacp @ExtinctionR @ChrisGPackham @bucks_herald @BBCSouthNews @itvmeridian @rd_link pic.twitter.com/T9PQKlp2HM
— Anti-HS2 – Save Our Countryside (@Hs2Our) October 24, 2019
The local Parish Council have written to Grant Shapps asking that he instructs HS2 to stop the destruction on the site, pending the results of the Oakervee review.
Here are some of the other news items about it:
- Mix 96: HS2: Protesters saving 500 acres in Steeple Claydon
- Bucks Herald: Direct action against HS2 as firm moves in to Steeple Claydon
- Daily Express: HS2 works ‘must be halted’ before crunch decision – ‘Irresponsible to continue’
Steeple Claydon campaigners have already fought off HS2 before, and we wish them every success.
PS If you can help them out, please see the Anti HS2 Save Our Countryside facebook page.