Inside Housing: Councils to fight high speed rail link in court
Councillor Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council, said: ‘We welcome this news. It enables us to highlight the impact of this fundamentally flawed scheme, through the legal system.
‘We remain strongly opposed to HS2 and have been disappointed by government not listening to our concerns. This scheme will bring a damning blight to Camden that could last for decades, and the council will fight for every home and business, brick by brick.’
The council say business in the area would also be affected, as well as a grade II listed estate and the burial ground St James Gardens where 60 per cent of the human remains would have to be exhumed.
Uxbridge Gazette: HS2 will cost £1bn before construction even starts
NEW figures show High Speed Rail is set to cost the Government £1billion before any construction work begins.
This figure was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act after an enquiry by campaigners in the Chilterns area.
Midlands Property: Trouble on the tracks
…They have become increasingly disgruntled by the wall of silence that followed their meeting with HS2 Ltd earlier this year to discuss prospects for their 11 acre Curzon Park and 5.8 acre City Park Gate schemes respectively.
Mark Woodrow, development director at Grainger, explained: “We met with HS2 Ltd in January, but we feel that they need to engage with the development community much more. There isn’t someone in place in charge of the terminus at HS2 Ltd as yet. It’s very frustrating.”
…In Birmingham, Adam Ward, head of the regions at Quintain, is unhappy with the delay: “We haven’t got a scheme until we know the outcome of these consultations. Commercial organisations like us are just sat there with land holdings at the moment. It’s very annoying. We’d also like to engage with HS2 but there’s no one to talk to. We feel we’re not getting anywhere.”
Daventry Express:Jumbo donations to repair HS2 elephant
A CAMPAIGN to stop HS2 has launched an urgent appeal for funds to replace Ellie, the group’s mascot….
Anyone wishing to donate to Stop HS2 should send a cheque made payable to “Stop HS2″ to Stop HS2, c/o Roger Waller, Treasurer, The Outlook, Dunsmore, Wendover, Bucks. HP22 6QJ. To pay direct into our bank account or set up a standing order, the details are; Lloyds-TSB, Sort Code 30-94-93, Account no, 34934760.
Construction Enquirer: Consultants shortlisted to bid HS2 second phase
HS2 has shortlisted engineering consultants to bid for professional services for the second phase of the planned high speed rail network from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds….
The engineering work is expected to command total fees of up to £10m and the environmental element £12m-£30m.
… Representatives of the Whittington and Lichfield Stop HS2 Action Group were shown the plans at a recent community forum, where it was also revealed that the junction will form part of Phase One of HS2 – despite not being part of last year’s consultation on the project.
The viaduct taking HS2 over the West Coast Man Line, the South Staffordshire Line and the A38 will continue on to an embankment which will be up to 14.4 metres above the existing ground level in the vicinity of the junction.
A spokesman for the campaigners said: “When you add the height of the trains and the electricity-bearing structure there will be an eyesore approaching 20 metres high just a few hundred yards from Lichfield.