Updated: Various Action Groups have been busy arranging transport for the Stop HS2 Lobby Day on 25th November 2013. Below the picture are the details as they stand, but please check back as they may be updated with more details at some later point. For more information about the Lobby Day, visit stophs2.org/lobbyday
Chalfonts – just added
Anyone coming from the Chalfonts? Meet at Chalfont & Latimer Station in time to catch a train at 9am. Let me know on email@example.com
HHAG coach from Balsall Common and adjacent areas: please contact Richard Lloyd firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’ll be charging £15 a head – if you’ve contacted us previously, we can take you, and we are looking for more to fill the gaps and cover our costs.
“We’ll be in touch again with more details, and obviously we need to get definite commitments to avoid over-booking and under-booking !!!”
Please contact Graham Dellow – email@example.com.
The Cheshire pick up point is M6 Junction 19 at The Windmill Public House, it is right on the junction on the Northwich/west
side of the M6 opposite the Esso petrol station.
Please contact Bob Gasch – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Staffordshire pick up point will be near Junction 14 of the M6.
Please contact Jo Mason – 07971 098158 or email@example.com
The Yorkshire coach is currently only due to pick up in Church Fenton, but another stop may be arranged if a convenient single point can be arranged.
Being closer to London, groups in Buckinghamshire will be getting the train, so as such arrangements are being made for people to travel down together. For details of where to meet in the Great Missenden/Prestwood area, please call either Cllr Seb Berry on 07949 20817 or Cllr Andrew Garnett on 07775 925600.
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It is being suggested that those people who will suffer compulsory purchase due to HS2 will be able to make statements about alternatives which can reduce the impacts within the comments to the environmental statement. It was asserted in the cases to the Supreme Court there could be alternatives. It was also asserted that there may not have been adequate attention to obtaining and analysing alternatives. The following Standing Order (Private Business) was published 26th June 2013 and copyright is the Crown from Parliament website. It is suggested MPs are asked why there was a limitation on alternative routes and proposals of merit by DFT and HS2 with other Departments:
224A. “Comments on environmental statement
(1) This order applies to any government bill in relation to which the Examiner decides Standing Orders 4 to 68 are applicable and in relation to which an environmental statement is required to be deposited under Standing Order 27A.
(2) In this order:
(a) “the relevant Minister” means the Minister of the Crown with responsibility for the bill;
(b) “the environmental statement” means the environmental information originally deposited by the relevant Minister in relation to the bill for the purpose of Standing Order 27A;
(c) “supplementary environmental information” means any additional environmental information deposited by the relevant Minister, after the deposit of the environmental statement, to supplement that statement for the purpose of meeting the requirements of any EU Directive relating to environmental impact assessment.
(3) The notice published under Standing Order 10 in relation to the bill shall state that any person who wishes to make comments on the environmental statement should send them to the relevant Minister in such manner and on or before such date as shall be specified by the relevant Minister in the notice, that date being no earlier than the 56th day after the first publication of the notice.
(4) For the purpose of Standing Order 224 paragraph (3) shall be treated as one of the Standing Orders compliance with which must be examined by the Examiner.
(5) The relevant Minister shall, in such form as may be specified by the Examiner, publish and deposit in the Private Bill Office any comments received by him in accordance with this order and shall also submit those comments to the independent assessor appointed under paragraph (6) below. The relevant Minister shall deposit a certificate in the Private Bill Office setting out the date on which all comments have been received by the independent assessor.
(6)(a) If the bill originated in this House and if comments are received on the environmental statement in accordance with this order:
i. a report shall be prepared by an independent assessor summarising the issues raised by those comments;
ii. the Examiner shall appoint the independent assessor within the period for commenting on the environmental statement prescribed by paragraph (3) above;
iii. the assessor shall be instructed to prepare the report within such period as the Examiner shall specify, the end of that period being no earlier than the 28th day after the date certified by the relevant Minister, in accordance with paragraph (5) above, as the date on which the assessor received all of the comments from the relevant Minister;
iv. before specifying a period in accordance with sub-sub-paragraph (iii) above, the Examiner shall consult the relevant Minister on the length of this period;
v. the Examiner shall submit the report of the assessor to the House.
(b) If a report is submitted to the House in accordance with sub-paragraph (a)(v) above, the Examiner has leave to submit the report of the assessor to the House of Lords.
(7) If paragraph (6) above is applied, the bill shall not receive a second reading until at least 14 days after the report of the independent assessor on the comments on the environmental statement has been submitted to the House.
(8) If any supplementary environmental information is deposited in relation to the bill:
(a) it shall be prefaced with a statement that the information is being deposited as supplementary information under this order;
(b) the requirements of Standing Order 27A in relation to the deposit of copies of the environmental statement shall apply to the supplementary environmental information;
(c) copies of the supplementary environmental information shall be made available for inspection and sale at the offices prescribed by Standing Order 27A(6);
(d) notice shall be published in accordance with Standing Order 10 (save in respect of dates) above stating that any person who wishes to make comments on the supplementary environmental information should send them to the relevant Minister in such manner and within such period as may be specified in the notice, the end of that period being no earlier than the 42nd day after the date of the first publication of the notice;
(e) paragraphs (5) and (6) above shall have effect in relation to any comments received on any supplementary environmental information deposited in this House as they apply to comments received on the environmental statement and irrespective of the bill’s House of origin;
(f) the examiner shall examine and report to the House whether or not paragraphs (8)(a) to (d) have been complied with and Standing Order 224 shall apply to that examination.
(g) the bill shall not receive a third reading in this House or, if supplementary environmental information has been submitted before second reading, second reading in this House until at least 14 days after the assessor’s report on the comments on the supplementary environmental information has been submitted to the House.
(9) At third reading of the bill the relevant Minister shall set out:
(a) the main reasons and considerations upon which Parliament is invited to give consent to the project to be authorised by the bill;
(b) the main measures to avoid, reduce and, if possible, offset the major adverse effects of the project.
A written statement setting out this information shall be laid before this House not less than 7 days before third reading.
(10) The costs of the assessor and also the costs of the process of appointing an assessor, incurred by the House by virtue of paragraphs (6) and (8)(e) above, shall be reimbursed by the government.
(11) For the avoidance of doubt, any supplementary environmental information accompanying an amendment to a bill which, if the bill were a private bill, would require a petition for an additional provision shall be subject to paragraph (8) above and not paragraph (3) or (7) above”.
Please ask the MPs why they do not align their views with the wider public. Analysis of the HS2 route is too little costing too much for significant community and nature losses. There is wide unease about the state of the nation today and an indulgence of over £40Billion is being prioritised above more essential and vital national, regional and local requirements when the Chancellor said another decade of austerity is ahead.
Why are most of the MPs ready to accept a very limited and poor rail implementation which was conceptualised too narrowly in 2009 on a whim of few people, without rigorous assessments. Alternatives and wider needs were not detailed and put to the nation for consideration.