HS2AA announces it has raised funds to appeal HS2’s Environment Judicial Review Decision

The Government will be in the Court of Appeal on 10th June 2013 defending its decision not to comply with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations while planning HS2. HS2 Action Alliance today announced that it has raised the necessary £100,000 to appeal the March 2013 Judicial Review decision.

Commenting on the successful fund raising, Hilary Wharf, Director, said;

“The British public have joined the National Audit Office (NAO) and Major Projects Authority and are putting their hard earned cash up to hold the Government to account for their incompetent handling of this white elephant.”

“The fact that HS2 Ltd chose the same day as the publication of the NAO report to slip out the wholly inadequate HS2 Environmental Statement, and is giving just eight weeks for a highly complicated consultation, shows that they simply don’t care what irreparable damage HS2 would do to our environment.

The environmental impact of HS2 would felt up and down the line, including bringing devastation to the Meridien Gap area of greenbelt near Birmingham and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, destroying 33 irreplaceable ancient woodlands; threatening 350 unique wildlife habitats, 30 river corridors and 24 sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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