HS2AA raises funds to appeal HS2 environmental assessment
HS2 Action Alliance announced Thursday that it has raised the necessary £100,000 to appeal the March 2013 Judicial Review decision into a flawed environmental assessment.
The verdict puts the Government back into court for the appeal on 10th June 2013, defending its decision not to comply with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations while planning HS2.
HS2AA’s appeal concerns the Government’s non-compliance with the “Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations”. HS2AA argues that the Government should have done a Strategic Environmental Assessment before embarking on a specific solution for HS2. HS2AA believe a different solution would have emerged if the SEA Regulations and requirements had been followed.
Commenting on the successful fund raising, Hilary Wharf, Director, said;
“The British public have joined the National Audit Office (NAO) and Major Projects Authority and are putting their hard earned cash up to hold the Government to account for their incompetent handling of this white elephant.”
“The fact that HS2 Ltd chose the same day as the publication of the NAO report to slip out the wholly inadequate HS2 Environmental Statement, and is giving just eight weeks for a highly complicated consultation, shows that they simply don’t care what irreparable damage HS2 would do to our environment.
The environmental impact of HS2 would felt up and down the line, including bringing devastation to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, destroying 33 irreplaceable ancient woodlands; threatening 350 unique wildlife habitats, 30 river corridors and 24 sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Locally, parts of Harmondsworth Moor would be lost to the development.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement from HS2 Ltd has laid out the scope of the issues that people living in Ickenham, Ruislip and Harefield will face, and campaigners there have called the level of disruption frightening.
These include the possibility of 3,200 HGV movements a day for up to seven years.
Construction is due to start in 2017.
HS2 neighbours face seven year disruption – Uxbridge Gazette