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"We Will Continue To Fight" - Say HS2 Campaigners in Aylesbury

Campaign groups in Bucks have received letters in the post challenging their right to fight the project.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:39am 11th May 2016. 3-minute read.

"We Will Continue To Fight" - Say HS2 Campaigners in Aylesbury

If you're a campaigner against HS2, you may have received a letter challenging your right to petition.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington, has highlighted that this does not mean you're unable to fight the project.

It simply means attending an initial hearing to state your case to the House of Lords Committee before hand.

Marcus Rogers is a campaigner, he said:

"It's rather underhand of the government to behave in this way.

"Of the particular individuals I represent, four of them have received this notification suggesting they don't have the right to petition because they don't represent local people.

"Yet one of them is a prominent parish, district and county councillor who clearly represents his constituents and he lives about 300 metres from where the line is supposed to go.

"Another is vice chairman of a parish council and his ward  he represents, the line is running 180 metres from peoples homes.

"We also have an action group being challenged too.

"Across Stoke Mandebille and Aylesbury we have apprimately 75,000 people - a large majority of who will be affected by this rail line.

"These individuals and groups are doing their best to represent those people and yet feel as if they're being snubbed and told their voices don't count or matter."

Marcus told us about his thoughts on the hearings, he said:

"It feels as if its another way of trying to deter people from actually appearing infront of The House of Lord, because it will take more time and it will cost more money because you have to go to London to do it.

"I have no doubt that our hearings will be successful and these challenges will be dismissed.

"Having said that it just feels a bit of a waste of our time having to do it - but nonetheless we will do it, to make sure we get the chance to appear infront of the House of Lords and to have our points put across to them.

"Hopefully we can achieve the changes that the local community need." 

After its recent reading in the Commons, HS2 is now going through a similar committee and reading stage in the Lords.

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