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25/04/2013
HS2 appeal process progresses


HS2 appeal process progresses

CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up their appeal against the recent decision to allow HS2 to go ahead.

HS2 Action Alliance is challenging the verdict of the judicial review because members believe the government did not comply with important environmental legislation when it made the decision to press ahead with the controversial project.

The Alliance is in the process of raising £100,000 for the appeal, which is due to be heard at the Court of Appeal on June 10.

The judicial review took place in December last year, and Mr Justice Ouseley delivered his ruling in March.

He agreed that the government’s decision on how people affected by the project should be compensated was ‘so unfair as to be unlawful’, and said the consultation process should be run again.

He found in the government’s favour on nine other points, but granted permission for an appeal to be launched.

HS2 Action Alliance director Hilary Wharf said: "We are very encouraged with the start that we have made with our appeal.

"Individual groups are giving money towards it, such as the HS2 Amersham Action group who are donating £10,000, and we are very grateful for that.

"We believe we have a good case, and we are encouraged that the judge gave us permission to go to appeal, because it shows he clearly believes there are more questions to be answered.

"There is lots of work to do before June 10, but we are pleased with how things are progressing.”

■ People whose homes are likely to be affected by the line have until April 29 to respond to the government’s latest consultation.

To do so, go to www.hs2.org.uk/have-your-say/consultations.

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