Courrently, HS2 Ltd are running a consultation on the Scope and Methodology of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. This consultation will last until noon on the 30th May 2012.
Documents, including errata, can be downloaded from their website at here.
Although HS2 describes it as a “highly technical” and says they are “specifically seeking comments from a list of relevant organisations and representatives identified for their expertise in this area”, the Environment Minister Caroline Spelman, has been urging her constituents to take part, according to the Solihull News.
So, if you have the relevant knowledge, you shouldn’t let HS2 Ltd put you off responding to the consultation.
However Stop HS2 is concerned that groups and organisations north of Birmingham, who have the technical expertise to respond, are effectively being sidelined because they do not know that their area will be effected.
(We asked Alison Munro about this at the Bucks CC’s summit last week but her response was unsatisfactory: Stop HS2 think there are plenty of people in the north who do have the technical background, especially as they do not have any community forums to go to at the moment.)
PS If you are responding to this consultation, please feel free to send a copy of your response to Stop HS2.