Woodland Trust Campaign against Select Committee Decision

It ain't over yet! The Woodland Trust are campaigning to try to overturn the Select Committee decision. We can support their campaign here

The Woodland Trust have an action out at the moment in which we’re asking our supporters and anyone else concerned to send a message to Nusrat Ghani MP, the minister for HS2, to ask her to reverse the committee’s decision, support the tunnel and save the ancient woodland.

https://campaigns.woodlandtrust.org.uk/page/25022/action/1

 

Select Committee Decision Announced

The decision of the HS2 Select Committee has been published today & unfortunately they have rejected our appeal for the 'Whitmore to Madeley Tunnel'.

How they can do this in such a short period of time and without even having visited our communities is beyond belief.

You can read their decision here:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhs2/1085/108505.htm#_idTextAnchor006

And the Detailed report here:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhs2/1085/108502.htm

Pictures Please!

I will be giving a presentation to the Select Committee which highlights the Humanistic issues that currently surround the proposed scheme. I am putting together a presentation and it would effective if I could include a J peg picture of as many families standing in front of their properties as possible along with a short quote  which summarises how they  will be effected by the construction of the high speed line.

I need to complete the presentation by next Sunday 15th,  so I need all my evidence before Friday midnight ideally.

I hope you will all be able to help me by sending  me a picture and a suitable quote.

Please spread the word

Frederick Smith
Whitmore2MadeleyHS2  Action Group
 

Crowdfunding Launch

Help the Whitmore2Madeley HS2 Action Group petition parliament to build the Whitmore to Madeley tunnel

Your Action Group is campaigning to petition Parliament on behalf of local residents. With your help we hope to raise funds towards financing the cost of a barrister to get our case heard by the Select Committee. This all-party committee of MPs can make changes to HS2’s proposals for Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) of the HS2 project. Persuading the government to build the Whitmore to Madeley Tunnel will drastically reduce the impact of HS2 on our homes and on our local communities and countryside.

 If you are able to help, please donate via the following link

Crowdfunding website –

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/support-whitmore2madeley-tunnel

Thank you for your support

 

Challenge to Petitions

If anyone who has submitted a Petition to the Select Committee is having their petition challenged PLEASE LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY and send a copy of the challenge to us. Bill Cash is working on this on our behalf but it is important we are aware of challenges to individual petitions.

HS2 Update - Start of Select Committee Hearings

I am writing to you because you are either the main contact for a petition against the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, or you have asked to be kept up-to-date on the Committee’s work.
 
This email is to let you know that the Select Committee will begin its public sessions on Monday 19 March at 3.00 pm, and has agreed the overall approach it plans to take on the programming of petitioners.
 
The Committee’s hearings will begin with the Promoter’s opening statement setting out the case for the scheme. This will be followed by route familiarisation, and then a series of teach-in sessions on the control of environmental impacts, ecology, tunnels, traffic, compensation and noise. Copies of the presentations will be published online in advance.
 
The Committee will then programme petitioners according to the following overarching order:
 
•          Right to appear challenges (the Promoter is expected to contact those petitioners it intends to challenge shortly)
•          Major in-principle cases:
1.       Whitmore Heath-Madeley tunnel proposal
2.       The proposed Aldersey’s Rough alternative to the Stone Infrastructure Maintenance Base-Railhead
3.       King’s Bromley viaduct lowering
•          Route-wide agricultural and rural issues
•          Main petition hearings (running south to north)
•          Compulsory acquisition cases
•          Others (including multi-site organisations and utilities)
Hearings with petitioners are expected to run from when the House returns after Easter (week commencing 16 April) and are expected to finish by 20 July. The Committee will make regular announcements on the week-by-week programme of petitioners as they are scheduled.
 
All meetings will take place in Committee Room 5 in the Palace of Westminster. The hearings will be open to the public, and will also be viewable online at http://parliamentlive.tv/Commons