Make your voice heard as HS2 deadline looms

HS2 Consultation exhibition in Brackley.Richard Snell,Croughton,l and Jim Snell,Evenley listen to a sound demonstration.'110528M-B437
HS2 Consultation exhibition in Brackley.Richard Snell,Croughton,l and Jim Snell,Evenley listen to a sound demonstration.'110528M-B437
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CAMPAINGERS are urging HS2 victims to make their voices heard as the deadline for public consultation looms.

For the last few weeks, Mike Berridge, the Brackley resprentative for the South Northants Action Group has had a stall at the Friday Market in the Piazza to encourage people to take part in the consultation.

Mr Berridge said: “There are still those dragging their feet, but I must have spoken to 100 people over two days of which about 95 per cent were against HS2 and were intending to submit their consultation response.

“There were a couple who said they were in favour because they said it was progress, but the vast majority were against it.”

Mr Berridge said the opposition are concerned about the disruption the construction will cause and highlighted the current route plan which would see the A43 north of Brackley raised by 30ft to allow the rail line to pass under it.

Mr Berridge added: “As well as the disruption caused by the construction it’s the fact that everyone in Brackley will be paying for it with absolutely no benefit locally.”

Bernie Douglas, chairman of the campaign group Villages of Oxfordshie Opposing HS2 (VOX-OPP) said: “Really it is the best chance to influence the decision, because there’s not going to be a public inquiry, there’s going to be a hybrid bill, with support from all three parties and we need to be sending a very clear message that this not the right route and the economic arguments are inconclusive.

Mr Douglas said the country could end up spending billions when the evidence from the Channel Tunnel rail link showed predicted passenger numbers did not materialise.

This weekend VOX-OPP will delivering a 1,000 leaflets to the villages of Finmere, Fringford, Mixbury, Fulwell, Goddington and Stratton Audley.

Next week they plan to distribute a HS2 impact assessment published by Cherwell District Council.

The HS2 consultation ends Friday, July 29. Visit snag-against-hs2.org for an easy to complete consultation form.