HS2 protestors set for a long Christmas read

Twyford HS2 protestors on ITV Meridian News. Roger Landells and Gary Eastman with reporter Mike Pearse. 121125M-A218
Twyford HS2 protestors on ITV Meridian News. Roger Landells and Gary Eastman with reporter Mike Pearse. 121125M-A218

Anti-HS2 campaigners from Twyford and Charndon descended on the Houses of Parliament on Monday to protest against the HS2 Hybrid Bill as it went before parliament.

Meanwhile, protestors remaining in Twyford were interviewed for the ITV evening news by Meridian.

Among those who attended the London protest was Twyford resident Rae Sloan.

She said: “This business with the hybrid bill is a nightmare. It’s 50,000 pages long and we’ve got eight weeks to read it in.

“That’s 1,000 pages a day.

“It would take 8ft of a bookshelf to stick it all in and the maps are nigh-on illegible because there are no keys. It is appalling.

“Most of what they’re producing, you have to have a computer because you have to get it on a memory stick, there’s so much stuff. Chairman of Twyford Parish Council, Roger Landells, who picked up the documents from his parish clerk yesterday, Thursday, evening, said he hoped to get a group of people together to scrutinise the documents.

He said: “It’s quite incredible that a group of professional people and their consultants can produce a document which is so long, so difficult to manage and extremely difficult to download if you live in a village that doesn’t have high-speed broadband. If you are able to download bits, there’s a lot of cross-referencing so you need several screens.

“To get it large enough on the screen and be able to look at it means you’re only looking at a portion of a map at a time..”

Part of the hybrid bill relating to the local area has gone on display at Buckingham Library, and the entire suite of documents is available on a memory stick.