Society puts out DVD in HS2 campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:34 19 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013

Society puts out DVD in HS2 campaign

Society puts out DVD in HS2 campaign

A DVD said to show the devastating impact HS2 would have on the Chilterns is being sent to every MP this week.

A DVD said to show the devastating impact HS2 would have on the Chilterns is being sent to every MP this week.

It has been produced by The Chiltern Society as part of its campaign against the current proposal to route a London to Birmingham high speed line through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The DVD producer, Society member Keith Hoffmeister, is also giving viewings and presentations to residents and campaign groups throughout the Chilterns area.

The DVD shows unspoiled areas of countryside that would be devastated if the railway was constructed on the current proposed alignment, in addition to farms and other buildings that would have to be demolished. It highlights costs and weaknesses in the economic case.

The Society, which has nearly 7,000 members, has joined nine national environmental bodies in signing the Right Lines Charter, which seeks to engage positively with the Government and other political parties who wish to establish a high speed network in the UK.

Society chairman John Taylor said: We are not opposed to the principle of high speed rail but the current plan would devastate the Chilterns AONB.

We and other Charter members believe there should be a national transport strategy, better future-proofing of major transport infrastructure proposals, effective public participation and a more strategic approach to minimising adverse impacts.

The current HS2 proposals and public consultation fall well short of this. In advising the Government, it is clear HS2 Ltd has not considered in any depth any alternative route that avoids the Chilterns AONB.

It is a flawed public consultation because the public cannot consider alternative scenarios for improving connectively between London and the Midlands and the North.

Other Right Lines Charter group members include the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), the Woodland Trusts, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Environmental Law Foundation, Campaign for Better Transport and Civic Voice.

The DVD can be seen on YouTube, ( Copies can be purchased for 5 from the Societys office at White Hill Centre, White Hill, Chesham HR5 1AG (Tel 01494 771250).

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