I recently received the below letter from Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, concerning the revocation of the regional strategy for the South East of England Plan. I warmly welcome this announcement which means that the top down Central Government targets for house building will be scrapped. It will give more responsibility to elected local councillors to decide how much development we need and where it should take place.
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A letter from Eric Pickles concerning the revocation of the regional strategy for the South East of England PlanFebruary 14, 2013
The local NHS consultation closes on 16 April.
To see a short and jargon-free summary and to comment online you can look HERE.
The proposals include changes to hospital services at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe. There’s been a fair bit of coverage in the local media already but if you haven’t yet what is being suggested and want to have your say, do follow the link.
This study was mentioned in a lot of this morning’s broadcast media but was not, when I checked, available on Network Rail’s web site. However, a journalist has kindly emailed me a copy which I have posted here.
I recently wrote to Alison Munro, chief executive of HS2 Ltd, regarding volume II of the Appraisal of Sustainability report about HS2, and particularly with regard to its claims about noise. I asked what assumptions were made in the report about the nature, scope, and cost of noise mitigation measures, and what technical work was undertaken to support its claims. A copy of Ms Munro’s response can be seen below.
In April I posted on this blog some guidelines on responding to the public consultation on HS2, which were written by the Chiltern Countryside Group (CCG) (see my blog-post of April 5 2011).
The CCG has now revised its guidelines slightly, and I have posted a copy of the most recent version below.
As I said back in April, this document is a useful resource for those writing a response to the consultation, although as the document states, it is important to remember that the most effective responses will be personalised ones, as opposed to copied-and-pasted ones.
Over the past few months I have written several letters and emails to Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport, regarding HS2. Many of these, as well as the responses received, have been posted on this web-site.
I recently received a letter from Mr Hammond, which answered several of my letters in one go. The letters it refers to are as follows:
- A letter about the effects of construction works on the local economy
- A letter asking how many buildings along the proposed route will need demolishing
- A letter asking why a route along the M1 and M40 corridors has not been pursued
- A letter asking whether the benefit-cost ratio for HS2 has been revised since December 2009
- A letter asking whether the Department for Transport will undertake another consultation if it switches to a new preferred route following the current consultation
- A letter asking several questions about the consultation process, such as the implications of the period of ‘purdah’ preceding the local elections of 5 May
- An email passing on several questions from a local HS2 action group
- A letter regarding the availability of the consultation documents
A copy of Mr Hammond’s response can be seen below.
The Department for Transport published a revised business case for HS2 alongside the consultation document that it isued a few weeks ago.
The analysis of this case by the HS2 Action Alliance was presented to MPs and their staff today (thanks to Andrea Leadsom MP for organising the meeting) and you can read the analysis here.
An email arrived from some constituents today drawing my attention to a website from a pro-HS2 organisation called Yes to HS2 or Campaign for High Speed Rail. It’s a free country so the supporters of HS2 are as entitled as its opponents to ount a campaign. But I was a bit irritated to see that they quoted my post on the Greengauge report (below) as somehow indicating that I supported the project! News to me – and I tend to think that people who misrepresent others are betraying a lack of confidence in the qualityof their own arguments. Anyhow, this outfit lists its board which includes a large number of business men (too many I’d have thought to be a meaningful executive board). It’s director is David Begg, a former Labour councillor and adviser to the Labour governments on transport policy. I couldn’t see any details of its funding but its address appear to be a PO box number in Wilton Road SW1. No doubt we shall hear more from them in coming months.