PROPOSED HIGH SPEED RAIL LINK LONDON-BIRMINGHAM Our community is directly affected by the proposed HS2 Route. Many houses and businesses will be demolished or seriously blighted to make way for it. Thousands more will be impacted by noise and vibrations of trains hurtling through the countryside approximately every 2 minutes at up to 250mph. During construction there will be considerable upheaval, there will be excessive noise and road access will be impacted. This will go on for years. This isn’t a problem we can put off until tomorrow – the route will be announced in 2011 after this autumn’s consultation. By this time next year our fate will have been decided. INTRODUCING SNAG ‘SNAG’ South Northamptonshire Action Group has been created by volunteers to oppose the proposed HS2 rail route. WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR £9 million of taxpayers money has already been spent on route planning HS2 has cross party support It is designed to solve the problem of capacity NOT speed 14 – 18 trains per hour in each direction, running from 5am to midnight It will have a significant impact on our way of life – communities, countryside and wildlife JOIN SNAG AND HELP FIGHT THE BLIGHT Everyone can help. Whether lending your specialist expertise in areas such as Heritage, Environmental Impact, Planning, Media, Policy or Law, Fundraising or spreading the word around your local community, SNAG needs as many volunteers as possible to join. You ALL have something to offer. If you would like to help please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org WHAT TO DO NEXT? PRIORITY: Respond to Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation by 20th May Everyone who thinks HS2 will affect their lives and the value of their property should respond, not just those people next to the proposed route. The government is consulting us on a proposed hardship scheme. (Review of scheme attached). It’s intended to compensate some homeowners who have difficulty selling their property because of the HS2 route announcement. However, the scheme is very restrictive. They have posed 3 questions to the public for the consultation. The key points to consider when writing your letters are outlined in the attached ‘Response Points’ document. You should choose the points you find relevant under the three separate headings and put them in your own words. Please note, this is not intended as an exhaustive list, we encourage everybody to make any points they see as particularly pertinent to their personal circumstances. You need to write to HS2 registering your protest and forward a copy to your local MP, once this has been confirmed post May 6th. Be clear what about the scheme you would like changed – this is a consultation so your opinion MUST be considered. If you agree with the principles outlined in the ‘Alternative Compensation Solution’ (page 4 of Response doc), you should attach the page unchanged to your correspondence and remember to refer to it in your letter. Government Code of Practice on Consultations The EHS consultation does not comply fully with the government code of practice on consultations. With a 10-week time frame instead of the recommended 12, and the timing of the consultation over an election period meaning that the public do not have access to representation through their MP or local government, we have been placed at a huge disadvantage. Please sign and send the attached ‘Code of Practice’ letter to Giada Covallero at the address below. Important Addresses: Dear Sirs, Dear Lord Adonis, High Speed Two Ltd The Rt Hon. The Lord Adonis Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation Secretary of State for Transport 55 Victoria Street Department of Transport London, SW1H 0EU Great Minster House email@example.com 76 Marsham Street London, SW1P 4DR MP for South Northamptonshire – tbc Giada Covallero House of Commons Consultation Co-ordinator London Department for Transport SW1A 0AA Zone 2/25 Great Minster House 76 Marsham Street London, SW1P 4DR High Speed Rail Enquiry Line 0207 944 4908 DfT High Speed Rail free CD : 0300 123 1102 quote HS Useful Weblinks: Route through Greatworth, Thorpe www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/hs2ltd/route/map Mandeville and Edgcote can be viewed at 17.pdf Dept for Transport (DfT) Exceptional www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open Hardship Scheme Consultation Document HS2 considerations of intermediate stations http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/hs2ltd/hs2r and alternative track routes eport/pdf/chapter3b.pdf Summary of Government proposals for High http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/summary/ Speed Rail Summary of review by Atkins for the http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/alternative Government into road/rail alternatives to HS study/pdf/baselinereport.pdf rail Summary of route, consultation timing and http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/highspeedrail/lontobhm/p frequently asked questions df/leaflet.pdf Government Code of Practice on Http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file47158.pdf Consultations This information is produced by residents and should not be relied upon legally.