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17/11/2013
GREAT NEWS FOR SOUTH NORTHANTS & NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.


Since March 2010 SNAG has tried to get NCC to make a statement that HS2 was not good for Northamptonshire and in particular South Northants.

Unfortunately the NCC never said that and indeed by not joining 51M they also alienated us from ALL our neighbouring Counties.

SNAG and NCC have since 2010 had regular meetings to discuss HS2 and to try and resolve the problems HS2 has created for Northamptonshire.  It has been cordial and at times extremely helpful, but the Elephant in the room [no not the white one], has been the NCC position on HS2 and 51M.

It is hoped that this debate pressed for by SNAG and made possible by UKIP County Councillors will be our opportunity to get NCC behind with it's neighbours and more importantly it's residents, who will be adversely affected by HS2 in so many ways.

If you wish to speak at the debate, then you will need to contact NCC for your 3 minutes, to enable you to  put your feelings on HS2 and it's impact on the County, good or bad to the Council.

Date is to be advised so keep looking daily on this site or ring NCC.


Following the last HS2 meeting, the UKIP and Independent Group has decided to put the attached motion to the next full council meeting.  We think the time has come for NCC to review its position against the stated conditions in its 2011 resolution.

Opposition Priority Business

 

Notice of Motion Pursuant to Council Procedure Rules 11.1 and 13.1 submitted by Councillor Michael Brown:

 

 At its meeting on 23 June 2011 Council RESOLVED that it supported the principle of High Speed Rail in Britain, but only on certain conditions.

 

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report in October that was highly critical of the HS2 rail scheme. Network Rail projections show that HS2 will lead to significant reductions to rail services in Northamptonshire, and a KPMG report earlier this year predicted economic damage to several parts of the County.

 

The scheme would also blight rural communities near the route in Northamptonshire while providing no stations for use by local residents.

 

Other councils in the area, including Buckinghamshire County, Oxfordshire County, Warwickshire County and South Northants District have joined together in the 51M Group, which campaigns for a rethink on the proposals.

 

The 51M Group was set up because they do not believe that the business case stacks up and therefore cannot support the route suggested by the Government.

 

We do not believe that alternatives to achieve the desired transport capacity, regeneration and environmental benefits have been properly investigated by the Government. With predicted costs in excess of £50billion, we owe it to the nation as well as to the residents of Northamptonshire to ensure that the alternatives are fully explored.

 

The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill is currently being debated by the House of Lords.

 

Therefore: THIS COUNCIL RESOLVES TO JOIN THE 51M GROUP AS A SIGNAL TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE HS2 SCHEME AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED IS NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE’S RESIDENTS.

 

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