On the 4th of February, HS2 Ltd issued a press release about the phase 1 property c0mpensation consultation, saying that there had been a “healthy response” and a “strong response”.
They said that “Responses will now be analysed”: what they didn’t mention is the way they ignored a significant number of responses to the 2011 national consultation into high speed rail. Of the 55,000 responses to the 2011 consultation they received, they failed to analyse over 1000 responses. These included the Stop HS2 campaign manager’s personal response and responses from HS2AA, Cherwell District Council and Heathrow Hub who were all involved in Judicial Reviews over the Consultation. The Department for Transport owned up to losing these responses on two separate occasions (although they can’t know how many responses were irretrievably lost): see
- As Greening ordered to explain growing HS2 consultation errors in court, HS2 chief says methodology was inadequate.
- Department for Transport admit to ignoring another set of HS2 consultation responses, claiming “they would not have made a difference”
- HS2 Consultation – did they ignore your reply?
This consultations that have just closed were for Phase 1: there is another consultation for properties affected by Phase 2. The information can be found on the HS2 Ltd website here. we would recommend that people who are affected look closely at what is proposed, and also at the information provided for the phase 1 consultation.