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01/03/2011
SNAG quoted in beacons article


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BEACONS burned in villages throughout South Northamptonshire last night in protest against HS2, as an official consultation on high-speed rail was launched.

Around 50 villages along the planned London to West Midlands rail link took part in the protest, with beacons lit in Greatworth, Thorpe Mandeville, Lower Boddington, Priors Hardwick, Chipping Warden and Aston-le-Walls.

The protest coincided with the launch yesterday of what Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has called the biggest public consultation ever.

Alan Seeds, spokesman for SNAG (South Northamptonshire Action Group) said the burning beacons were being used to alert the country to the danger the route presented.

“The whole of Northamptonshire needs to recognise that nearly £1 billion will be spent on the project over the next five years, even before construction begins,” he said.

“Any benefit for the county from HS2 will be tiny, speculative and simply not worth the huge cost at a time of savage spending cuts over the coming years.

“We want to get as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and to get out the message this is not a ‘nimby’ issue.”


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