The 2013 Stop HS2 National Convention will take place at the Stafford County Showground on Saturday 29th June, with registration starting at 9.30 before the event starts at 10.30, finishing at 5.30.
In 2011, Stop HS2 held the first National Convention at another agricultural showground affected by HS2, the National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Over 500 people attended (we stopped counting at 500!) and the day was a real success, with people coming to find out more about HS2, more about what they can do about HS2 and getting together with people from all over the country facing the same issues. The first convention intended to make the campaign against HS2 stronger, and it did. That is why we hope you will join us in Stafford.
The event will start and end with talking about the campaign so far and what we do next. Between that there will be a range of different session to choose from:
The impact of HS2 on the natural environment
What the rail network really needs
Fundraising for action groups
What do Action Groups do?
Freedom of information requests – how to get what you need to know
Engaging with the Press
Social media for beginners
Refreshing the campaign
Compensation advice from professionals
The campaign for compensation
Supporting farmers and landowners
Responding to the Environmental Statement and Design refinement consultations
Noise impacts of HS2
What tunnels mean for your community
The real impact of HS2 and planning for mitigation
International comparisons – Why high speed rail hasn’t worked.
The business case: A financial analysis
The economic case – The reality about jobs, the north-south divide and social equity.
HS2 and sustainability
The Parliamentary process including Hybrid Bill
Talking to HS2, community forums and bilateral – what to expect.
What individuals can do to stop HS2
Lobbying and working with your local Council
Politicians Question Time
To aid us with making sure that as many people can go to the sessions they want to, and avoid clashes, we are asking that; firstly, new action groups coordinate who goes to what, and secondly that anyone coming to the convention states which sessions they would prefer to go to. We hope that this will maximise the chances of everyone going to the sessions which they will benefit from the most.
There is already a mechanism to rate sessions in order of preference for those buying tickets online at http://www.stophs2-officialmerchandise.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d16_STOP_HS2_Convention.html, and anyone buying physical tickets will be able to state preferences via this website when they go on sale.
Additionally, there will be a number of stalls at the event, which will give people the opportunity to have one-to-one conversations with various experts on HS2.
Tickets are available at £10, with any profits, after we have of course covered the costs of this event, going to future campaign activity.