HS2 Ltd will be available to answer your questions and concerns. Please take the opportunity to go along and have your say.
Both consultations are open until 21 December 2018. It is vital that as many people as possible raise their objections before the deadline. Anyone in the country can respond, including young people who can express an opinion about HS2. Every person in your household should submit their own separate response. Numbers do count, both now and through the Parliamentary review.
SOWHAT are currently reviewing all the material to provide guidance and template responses. Understand more about the common concerns and specific objections that our community need to formally raise.
Responses can be made by email, letter, using pre-printed forms or online forms. We suggest you submit both an electronic response and a physical paper copy sent by recorded delivery post.
Do you run a community or support group based in Woodlesford, Oulton, Swillington or Rothwell? or maybe you represent those with characteristics protected by the 2010 Equalities Act (such as age, race, religion, gender).
In addition to the main public event on 21st November, HS2 Ltd is dedicating their next Community Drop-In session to the working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report (Known as the EqIA, and currently out for public consultation).
The EQIA considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of HS2 Phase 2b on people with protected characteristics. They offer this open session for anybody from the community that would like to discuss the key issues that local people face and how they can better meet their needs.
If you’d prefer to speak in confidence, please contact HS2’s local Engagement Manager, David, on firstname.lastname@example.org or via 07388-851092.
The Morley route makes far more sense based on HS2’s own analysis!
UPDATE: HS2 Ltd now state that they incorrectly labelled the columns; Woodlesford and Morley have been transposed. We would like to see the evidence to support this huge error. This would mean that there are fewer demolitions on the Woodesford route. What else might they have got wrong?!
As many of us have always maintained, LCC are the primary reason LS26 is blighted. The truth is published by HS2 for the first time.
HS2 state (4.5.123 page 104) that the station location was chosen to meet LCC’s aspirations to develop the South Bank, and that this dictated (4.5.135 page 107) the route through Woodlesford.
They try to support this by stating (4.5.133 page 107) that there would be fewer demolitions and less noise compensation by coming via Woodlesford…. however, table 5 (page 108) shows that the Morley route is far more sustainable with far less impact.
47 demolitions on Woodlesford route vs 13 on Morley route! 122 homes needing noise insulation on Woodlesford route vs 39 for Morley!! The list goes on.
As we always said, LCC pushed HS2 into choosing New Street station knowing that Woodlesford would be decimated, that the alternative would have less impact, and that there were less problems to overcome.
The quickest way to order is to copy the list required and send an email to the address below together with your name and postal address. Alternatively you can telephone or write.
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Email below received from HS2 announcing the latest information and consultations. We have posted further information and download links on our Facebook Group “SO WHAT”. There are over 15 documents of relevance, including maps, community impact, and alternatives.
as promised, I am writing to notify you that this morning the Secretary of State for Transport has announced the launch of two HS2 consultations for the section of the route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds, which is known as Phase 2b. These consultations are on:
- The working draft Environmental Statement that describes the potential environmental effects of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.
- The working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report that considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of HS2 Phase 2b on people with protected characteristics.
Both consultations are now open and will close at 11:45pm on 21st December 2018.
We invite you to take part in these consultations. Feedback will be considered as we further develop our proposals. An Environmental Statement and Equality Impact Assessment Report will then be submitted to Parliament alongside the hybrid Bill in mid-2020.
To support these consultations, we are holding more than 30 information events from late October to early December 2018. The events will be attended by a range of specialists from HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to guide people through the consultation documents. In addition, reference copies of the consultation documents are available at a number of locations, such as public libraries, during the consultation period. Your nearest events are:
- 29th October Crofton
- 10th November Hunslet
- 19th November Garforth
- 21st November Oulton
- 23rd November Leeds
- 24th November Church Fenton
A full list of the events is available at Public Information Events
The list of information points is available at Information Points (please see Community Areas LA15 to LA18 incl.)
You will find that local Community Area Reports are available at Community Area Reports (again, please see the references LA15 to LA18 incl.)
We have also produced a series of videos to introduce and explain the consultations. These are available via the website along with a new interactive tool that has been designed to help people find the information in the working draft Environmental Statement most relevant to them.
If you have any questions, please contact our Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk, or contact me directly by phone or email.
For further information on the consultations please visit our website www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b
To access the consultation documents directly and for details of how to respond to the consultations, please use the following links:
- Working draft Environmental Statement: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-working-draft-environmental-statement
- Working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-working-draft-equality-impact-assessment-report
David Griffiths-Allen, Engagement Manager, Phase Two | HS2 Ltd
M: 07388 851092
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, Two Snow Hill, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA. | www.gov.uk/hs2
Freephone: 08081 434 434
Minicom: 08081 456 472
On Thursday 11 October 2018, HS2 released new information and opened public consultations. Their reports and maps disclose the impact on our villages and the land likely to be required. Details relate to both the construction period, and our long term future.
It is vital that everyone in our community reviews the information and responds to the consultations. Copies are available online and at local libraries. Printed copies can also be ordered (free of charge) from HS2 for delivery to your home. Follow on Facebook too.
The information released is truly devastating – while we all strongly suspected that the details previously provided fell well short of the reality, none of us could have foreseen just how bad the truth would be. While individuals working for HS2 were unable to disclose information before the official release, they clearly knew what was coming – HS2 have deceived us all.
The original safeguarded area generally extended to 60m from the line, in the last release additional areas for construction were included close to the proposed lines; in this week’s announcement these areas have grown beyond recognition, taking in all of the greenbelt around the villages. They knew much of this information prior to the last release in June.
Construction boundaries are now 10 times the original distance in most cases, and in some places extend to around 1km from the route. The reality is far worse than previous estimates.
Review the information for yourself as soon as possible. Request a hard copy of the documents from HS2. Prepare your responses to the consultations. Write to our local Councillors, MP and the leader of LCC to demand that they reject HS2’s proposals.
There has been much in the media about HS2 lately, with growing discontent regarding the project, but we must not become complacent.
The publication of the Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES), and associated consultation announcement, anticipated for this month have been delayed as DfT weren’t ready before the party conference season started.
A parliamentary slot to launch the WDES is anticipated in mid-October, immediately following the party conferences. HS2 will likely hold their next formal public information (PI) event in Woodlesford during mid-November. The WDES documents and PI event will communicate details of the construction and logistics associated with the viaducts and tunnels in our area.
Given these dates have slipped, and many people still have unanswered questions about the scheme and the compensation available, HS2 are holding a further drop-in event at the Oulton Institute from 2pm – 8pm on Thursday 27 September 2018. Those new to the area are encouraged to drop-in at some point during the day to see their plans and ask questions regarding the likely impact on the area.