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13/02/2013
HS2 court result due at any time now


HS2 court result due at any time now

A RESULT in the legal fight with the Government to stop High Speed 2 is due any time now.

The outcome of the Judicial Review, led by the 51m alliance, is set to be declared by the High Court at any moment, head campaigner Martin Tett says.

Over a week of legal proceedings took place before a judge in December.

Mr Tett, who is chairman of 51m and leader of Bucks County Council, told the BFP: "We were told there would be a result at the end of January, there wasn't.

"This probably shows the complexity of the issues that the High Court judge is having to deal with here. We are expecting one any day.

"We don't know if it will be in our favour, against us, or more likely somewhere in the middle.

"Then we have to take a view pretty quickly whether we appeal or not.

The 51m legal team will have 24 hours in advance to check the legal accuracy of the decision.

Cllr Tett defended spending taxpayers' cash on the legal bid.

Last year the BFP reported nearly £400,000 had been pumped into the fight against Hs2 by the alliance of 18 councils along the route.

Cllr Tett said: "I make no apologies for that. I think it's cost the equivalent of 9p for every taxpayers along the route who is part of the challenge.

"Anyone who objects, I'm sure I could refund their 9p. I've had a minuscule number of people who have complained, probably less than a dozen, whereas I've had hundreds and hundreds who've said fantastic.

On the flipped side of the coin, campaigners against an incinerator in Calvert, north Bucks, have instigated their own Judicial Review against the council.

In the 2013/14 budget for the county council, £200,000 has been earmarked for legal costs.

Cllr Tett said: "I'm well aware that having instituted a JR against the Government I couldn't be hypocritical and turn around and say to residents you shouldn't do it for local interest.

"I've never done that. All I've pointed out is that every month's delay is costing cumulatively millions of pounds a month, not to me, to taxpayers.

"It's right that they have the opportunity to challenge, but I just draw to their attention that there's a significant cost to the taxpayer doing so.

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