This is your chance to join us on 29th June for the national STOP HS2 convention at the Stafford County Showground. With 30 sessions covering all aspects of the HS2 project and campaigning against it, the convention will provide a ‘crash course’ on HS2 for people coming into the campaign following the announcement of the Phase 2 route as well as an update on ES, NEF report etc for those in Phase 1.
It will also be an excellent opportunity to network between Phase 1 and 2, building a united campaign which is what we will all need to oppose the Paving and the Hybrid Bills. So even if you are up to date with HS2 developments, please come along.
All of the main groups opposing HS2: Stop HS2, HS2 Action Alliance, AGHAST and 51m will have a presence, with both the Woodland Trust and the Wildlife Trusts explaining the environmental devastation which HS2 would bring. Economics professors will explain the holes in the business and economics cases and amongst other sessions, there will be experts talking about noise, compensation, mitigation, dealing with HS2 Ltd, fund raising, using social media and what people can do to forward the campaign.
Politicians taking part in a Question Time session will include Conservative MP Bill Cash, UKIP MEP Mike Natrass (who is on the EU Transport Committee) and Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Will Duckworth. There will also be around 15 exhibition stands.
With 30 sessions, seven program streams, and many choices to make, it is hoped that communities can co-ordinate who goes to which event so they get the most out of the day. If you are from a new action group, with so much happening in parallel, please bring along a group, to cover everything. The updated programme is here: http://stophs2.org/convention
Registration starts at 9.30, with the event closing at 5.30.
Paper tickets are held by many action group chairs or, if you’ll be able to buy them at the door but come early. Or buy convention tickets online here.
If you have just had HS2 dumped on you and you don’t know what to do, come to the convention. Our first National Convention in 2011 was a massive success, with people from up and down the route learning a lot from the sessions and feeling much more positive and supported after meeting so many other people with the same views. We are certain that the same thing will happen this year, and it will only make the campaign against this insane White Elephant Line even stronger.