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					       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: community.snag@hotmail.co.uk

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
ehconsultation@hs2.gsi.gov.uk                   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


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