A few things for your to do list:
- Please sign this letter from the Woodland Trust, it’s a way to send your own objection to those in charge of the review. 108 ancient woodlands will be affected by HS2. Over 30,000 have sent their objections so far, so please join them!
- If you have a complaint about anything to do with HS2 please do contact them and let them know, for instance, they don’t really know how much the closure of Breakspear Road South affected local people and on what scale, so they do need to hear that. It actually helps with planning of future closures etc. and your issues getting taken into account.
- If you couldn’t make the recent HS2 information events here are the event materials they had on display. The boards had mixed reviews as they showed how the route will look for a few viewing points in 2041, and lots of us were hoping for more detail about the construction itself in the next 1,2 5, 10 years. But do have a look and remember you can contact HS2 with any queries or attend their drop-in events.
And also look out for Inside Out on BBC One who were filming at the Colne Valley protest camp in the first week of October for an episode airing soon.
General update –
There is still so much going on regarding HS2 right now, to name a few key things –
Local MP Boris being our new PM and launching a review into the project. We have built a relationship with him since 2011, as Mayor, MP and now PM, and we know, he knows how flawed HS2 is. He needs to hear that from you too! The more voices the better.
- The closure of the golf course at West Ruislip. Please note the pub remains open.
- Test piling in Harefield, as well as archaeological works and the closure of a footpath. Keep up to date here.
- The impact on vegetation; the way the local area looks and feels is changing by the day.
- Grant Shapps, the new Transport Secretary announcing that HS2 is over budget by a further £22 billion and running late by up to 7 years (no surprise to us but good to have it on the record).
- Oak trees that are hundreds of years old are being cut down soon, and land/property is being acquired despite the project review.
All of this is keeping us very busy, as we attend meetings with HS2, assist with press requests (see us soon in the Wall Street Journal, and recently on BBC and ITV news), hopefully you have spotted our new banners around the area too.
Apart from keeping up with all the HS2 news (which is becoming a full time job) the main thing we would ask of you, would be to keep the pressure up – put in complaints to HS2 about anything that you are not happy about, contact your MP informing them of how HS2 is affecting your life and pressure Boris to scrap the project altogether.
And please keep in touch with us, the best way is via our facebook group
Please keep an eye out for Joe Rukin of Stop HS2 who has been appearing everywhere putting the HS2 lobbyists straight. Keep up with his adventures via the Stop HS2 website.
You can find dates for the HS2 Community Engagement Team drop-ins here. (Please note these are run by staff and representatives of HS2).
Please do go along and ask them questions and ask for written information about how HS2 will affect you now and in the future.
HS2 Ltd. have a local website which includes works that are happening or due to happen locally; visit their website for more information including dates and locations near you. You can sign up for updates on the site too.
HS2 has a freephone number for enquiries – it is 08081 434 434. Please use this to ask for any information or to check anything at all. If you wish to share any information or any issues you encounter using the enquiry line, please contact us or share on our Facebook group. The best thing you can do is log any issue as an official complaint. If you don’t get a satisfactory response then escalate your complaint. If we don’t officially complain then all issues disappear and we are reported as a successful area.
Use this link to see the latest HS2 updates from Hillingdon Council
Hillingdon Against HS2 are still very much active but our remit has changed.
In order that we we can engage with HS2 Ltd. and their contractors in a productive way, we have decided we will now be representing you by becoming known as HIllingdon HS2 Resident Support Group in conjunction with our work with Hillingdon Council and local Resident Associations. We continue to be an active part of Stop HS2 and the national campaign.
Read our previous news stories here.