Councils consider anti-HS2 petitions


Bucks politicians are next week expected to reaffirm their anti-HS2 stance and begin the process for petitioning against the £50 billion line in Parliament.

At meetings of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet and Bucks County Council’s full membership, motions will be put to councillors to approve petitioning.

The HS2 hybrid bill, essentially the planning application for the controversial project, is currently passing through Parliament, with the date of the second reading in the House of Commons yet to be announced.

Once the second reading has happened, campaigners can do little to challenge the principle of the bill but they can argue for changes to the scheme through petitioning.

In the case of the district and county councils, petitions would be used to lobby in Parliament for mitigation to reduce the negative impact of the line, which would cut through Aylesbury Vale.

The county council said it is working with other district councils and 51M authorities to see if they can share the costs of petitioning.

The district council has allocated £100,000 for petitioning activity, none of which has been spent yet.

Should district cabinet members approve the petitioning, it would still have to be approved by full council.