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High Speed 2 Action Groups - Committee of Chairs

High Speed 2 Action Groups - Committee of Chairs Best Practices / activity review form. 

Section One – Action Group Information 

We are a small group with members from 4 counties.  Core group includes a barrister, a civil servant and a member of the House of Lords.  Our stated aim is to stop HS2.  We wish to work with other groups to achieve this.  Our strategy is to use the national media to raise awareness of the issues, and to lobby in Westminster and Whitehall.   

Action Group Name Chair email website
We don��t have a name or a chairman!   bc.naylor@btinternet.com  
Area represented Route and map # Approximate households Formal committee established
Bucks, Oxon, Northants, Warks     No

Sections Two – Five – Activity Review 

Campaign Area Activities Undertaken – please indicate timescales Activities Planned – please indicate when (& where)
1 - Business Case Argument    
2 - Environmental Case Argument Some environmental case arguments have been compiled, particularly on energy, carbon, flight replacements, noise and tranquillity.  We hope to be able to feed this into other groups with more specialists in this area.
3 - Political Case Argument We are predominately a lobbying group. 

We have met with a political consultant (lobbyist) to establish campaign tactics and costings. 

8/7. Email sent to 22 MPs with BSF school cuts in their constituencies, flagging up the spend in HS2 Ltd financial projections.

14/7.  Email sent to further 18 MPs with BSF cuts and /or transport cuts in their constituencies.

19/7.  Email sent to 80 local contacts for them forward to their contacts across the whole of the UK (Jerry Marshall letter)

19/7 Email sent to further 40 contacts across the country with Jerry Marshall letter for them to print and send to their MP

We now have to raise considerable funds from high net worth individuals, to pay a political consultancy to advise on a national campaign to stop HS2. 

Continue to contact MPs when we learn of spending cuts in their constituencies

4 - Legal Case Argument    

Section Six – Media and Organisation Review – Please list ALL known media in your area, whether they have covered HS2 or not 

Organisation  name & contact Email / phone details Relationship / activities and their stance, if known
Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser kerry.hathway@jpress.co.uk   01280 827976 Coverage in early days of HS2, including leading front page article.  Various letters to editor ongoing.
Bucks Herald

Bicester Advertiser

Banbury Guardian

Banbury Cake

Oxford Times

Oxford Mail

BBC. Emma Campbell emma.campbell@bbc.co.uk Met, and in email correspondence with member of our group. 

Section Seven – Political / Networking / Relationships / Contacts 

MP, Councillor, other organisations name and contact Email / phone details Relationship / activities and your analysis of their position, if known
John Bercow  MP Buckingham bercowj@parliament.uk Against HS2 but speaker, so unable to speak on floor of house.  However good contacts within Westminster.
Lord Boswell (House of Lords)   Against HS2.  Part of this group
Baroness Mallalieu (House of Lords)   Against HS2.  Part of this group
Andrea Leadsom MP South Northants andrealeadsom@googlemail.com Against route but new MP so very little influence
Tony Baldry  MP Oxon BaldryT@parliament.uk Against route, but thinks HS2 in principal is a done deal.
CPRE Oxfordshire. Various   Met with representatives of CPRE Oxon twice.  Also in email correspondence. They are broadly in favour of route 3 through Oxon.  Their local transport consultant, Jim Fletcher, is very much in favour of anything to do with trains!  They have slightly altered their position now though, after discussions with their chairman.
CPRE national office. Ralph Smyth and Shaun Spiers RalphS@cpre.org.uk


Email correspondence.  Sitting on the fence
NFU (HQ).  Ivan Moss Ivan.Moss@nfu.org.uk Met and email correspondence. They are against, but can only really influence in their area of recognised expertise – ie agriculture.  NFU Buckingham are being approached to ask if they might send out Jerry Marshall��s lobbying letter to their members.
CLA (HQ).  Harry Cotterell harry.cotterell@cla.org.uk Email correspondence.  Same as NFU re influence.  Also, they have to be aware that their members will be affected wherever it goes.  CLA South East have asked permission from HQ to send out Jerry Marshall��s lobbying letter to their members – tbc
Campaign for Better Transport.  Cat Hobbs Cat.Hobbs@bettertransport.org.uk HSR not a top priority and the case not yet been made.  Possible support
Airport Watch.  Sarah Clayton sarah@airportwatch.org.uk Not convinced of the case for HSR.  Possible support
BASC.  David Knowles David.Knowles@basc.org.uk Not really their area, but may be able to help on conservation
English Heritage.  Richard Peats (Churches dept) Richard.Peats@english-heritage.org.uk ��Until more detailed information is available it is difficult to comment on what English Heritage's stance on this particular issue will be.��
Knight Frank.  James Del Mar & Rupert Sweeting James.Del.Mar@knightfrank.com Met with JDM, Knight Frank Rural Consultancy.  His area of expertise is compensation, mitigation, blight etc
Cherwell District Council. Barry Wood. Barry.Wood@Cherwell-DC.gov.uk Against HS2.  Supporter.
Unison & NUT   Contacted but not yet got past gatekeepers!

Section Eight – General Awareness and Community Activities 

Activity Already undertaken and dates Planned and date / location
 Linking of councils Letter / email has been sent to all parish / town councils along the route.  We have asked them to let us know the numbers of people in their parish.  We hope to establish a total number affected along the line, as per 2M Group and Heathrow, and a database of contacts for all parishes.  Currently at 70,000 people but a lot of replies still awaited.  

Section Nine – Any other activities and suggested actions 

Activity   Planned and date / location

Any other comments:

HS2 Action Groups activity review form – version 1.3 issued July 8th 2010 – please return to hs2responses@speenbucks.org.uk


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