Wendover, Buckinghamshire: Sunday 10th July 2011
As the 29th July deadline for the formal HS2 consultation approaches, the White Elephant Walk will take place on Sunday 10th July to raise national awareness of the government’s controversial plans and the Stop HS2 campaign. The aim is to raise awareness nationally and encourage as many people across the UK as possible to take action in opposing the construction of the £33billion HS2 project by writing to their MPs and responding to the Public Consultation.
The event is taking in the protected Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is threatened by HS2. It will start in the centre of Wendover (Buckinghamshire) and culminate in a gathering on Coombe Hill which overlooks Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence in the Chilterns. Here opponents of the scheme will unfurl huge banners on the hillside revealing the cost of the scheme, currently estimated at £33billion – the equivalent of £1000 for each household in the UK.
HS2 is opposed by local conservative MPs including The Speaker, John Bercow (Buckingham), Welsh Secretary, Cheryl Gillan (Amersham) and Minister for Europe, David Lidington (Aylesbury) all of whom have been invited to take part in the walk. David Cameron has also been invited to meet the walkers on the hill overlooking his country residence.
The Wendover Action group will be meeting at Manor Waste (outside Budgens) at 10am on Sunday 10th July, before heading up Coombe Hill, which overlooks the proposed HS2 route through the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury.
This family event is designed to raise awareness of the HS2 consultation. Why not bring your friends and family – and a picnic!
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