Stop HS2 National Convention -19 February 2011 – Update!

The Stop HS2 National Convention is rapidly becoming a platform for organisations and experts to deliver their findings on the case for HS2. The event is for the nation, not just those already directly affected, and we urge you to join us to learn more about the social, economic and environmental cost and impacts on every taxpayer in the country.

Please note, on any of our articles, should you wish to read more about any of the points in the article just click on the blue words and you will be “hyperlinked” to the relevant website. You will not lose this page as a new one will be opened for you.

We welcome Christian Wolmar, Britain’s Leading Transport Commentator in the opening session; Geoffrey Robinson MP Coventry North and Professor Mike Geddes talking about the economic impact on the regions at lunchtime; Professor John Whitelegg Green Party and internationally recognised sustainable transport expert and Mike Nattrass MEP discussing the appropriateness of HSR in the UK in the closing session. We also have James Del Mar head of the Knight Frank working group on HS2 discussing compensation as our guest for the day.

In particular environmental organisations are working together to co-ordinate their day of speaking on the potential environmental impacts and share information.

The RSPB this week issued their first official statement about HS2 and we are delighted that Colin Wilkinson of the RSPB will be talking about this, as our guest, within our environmental sessions.

Stephen Trotter will be representing all of the Wildlife Trusts who oppose HS2.

Mark Sullivan of the CPRE will be providing the CPRE’s views and discussing his experiences from working on HS1 in Kent. You can hear Mark’s speech at the Parliamentary Lobby Day here.

Steve Rodrick Chief Office of the Chilterns Conservation Board will be talking about the Chilterns AONB and the irreversible devastation HS2 will bring to the countryside.

On the business case we have Dr John Savin author of the Wendover report and in particular Net Benefit Ratios, Paul Withrington of Transportwatch and Jerry Marshall on a “laymans guide to the business case”.

In the community sessions we have various workshops available including basic introductions to Twitter & Facebook, advice on setting up and running action groups, talking to the media, fundraising etc.

Don’t forget the Exhibition hall will be open all day and will include stands from many of the communities directly affected as well as environmental organisations. We are planning to have some colouring corners for children also and please do feel you can drop in and out, stay all day or just for an hour. There is a café and lounge where you can put your feet up and enjoy conversation. The day is a mixture of informal and slightly more formal events but they are all meant for everyone. It’s your day, and we want you to feel comfortable in choosing how to spend it.

If you have already purchased your ticket online you will be receiving an email from us next week confirming details.

The doors will open at 0930 and close at 17.00.

Please do join us and learn more. We look forward to seeing you.

Lizzy Williams


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