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The Chiltern Society say HS2 work should stop during the Covid-19 outbreak The Chiltern Society have written to the government in order to argue that HS2 works should not proceed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group claims the work should be halted because of the 'uncertain impacts on our national finances and future travelling habits' that the coronavirus outbreak has caused.

Extinction Rebellion pushing against HS2 online during lockdown EXTINCTION Rebellion South Lakes is to continue its activism through online by participating in an online campaign against HS2. XR south lakes have recently cancelled all events and demonstrations during the Covid 19 lockdown, however activists are pushing for action on social media under the hashtag #NHSnotHS2.

HS2 displayed 'poor community engagement' over construction site locations HS2 Ltd has not engaged with the community sufficiently enough, the report added. It adds, residents living near High Speed Two construction sites were not made sufficiently aware of the location of the construction sites belonging to HS2, after "poor community engagement".

Chris Packham loses High Court bid to stop the clearing of ancient woodlands for HS2 rail project The TV presenter and environmental campaigner was seeking an emergency injunction to stop works that he claimed would cause destruction or 'irreversible and irreparable loss' to such sites. Packham applied for the order as part of an attempt to bring a legal challenge over the Government's decision in February to give the green light to HS2.

Chris Packham loses his legal case against HS2. A bit of good news today. Celebrity 'Environmentalist' Chris Packham has lost his legal case against HS2 today.

HS2 wood clearance to go ahead as Chris Packham legal bid fails High court has decided there was ‘no real prospect of success’ for judicial review.

Is every food parcel a nail in HS2's coffin? Mr Farrington told me the costs of distributing food parcels free of charge were for another day. He urged other council leaders to follow his example.

Chris Packham loses legal bid to prevent work on ancient woodlands Chris Packham has lost a High Court bid to prevent work on ancient woodlands as part of the HS2 project. The TV presenter was seeking an emergency injunction to stop works that he claimed would cause destruction or "irreversible and irreparable loss" to such sites.

"Extinction Rebellion". How to make friends and influence people. Regular readers will know of my exasperation at the UK's 'green' movement, which seems to spend more time alienating people through its attitudes and behaviours than it does getting them on board. I find it intensely frustrating as we desperately need a credible Green voice in politics and in general.

HS2 protesters attempt to stop deforestation by camping out in trees We are writing from the canopy. 20 metres up an old lime tree. 6 days into the attempted eviction of Crackley Wood. 1 week into the Covid lockdown. Bats come out of hibernation today, and the hawkers have been sent in to get rid of the nesting birds. HS2 are preparing to cut down this ancient woodland without Notice to Proceed.

Government still pushing for main HS2 civils work to start this month This date was widely expected to have slipped as the scale of the coronavirus crisis mounted but the Department for Transport has told Building it is still working to this timeframe.

Coronavirus could succeed where HS2 seems doomed to fail It's an approach to regional economic development which could turn out to be far more cost effective at breathing new life into neglected areas than the giant infrastructure projects like HS2 that were being discussed before the outbreak of COVID-19.

Chris Packham files HS2 legal challenge Environmental campaigner Chris Packham has filed his legal challenge to the Prime Minister's go-ahead for the £100bn-plus rail project, HS2. Mr Packham has applied to the High Court for permission for judicial review of the PM and Transport Secretary's decision to give the go-ahead for the vast project.

Lockdown. day 9 I managed to get the time to write this blog on the actual day! Mainly because I've not scanned quite as many old slides today and only added forty to this gallery - although there's another 20 all set up to scan first thing in the morning. That's not to say it's been an unproductive day, nor one without it's lighter side.

'Betrayal of trust': HS2 criticised over removal of woodland soils Relocation of soil beginning at ‘completely wrong time’ for wildlife, says Woodland Trust.

HS2 protestors 'self-isolate' in trees to stop woodland being chopped down Read the latest Central stories, HS2 protestors 'self-isolate' in trees to stop woodland being chopped down on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Central news.

Scrap HS2 to save our economy, Sir Bill says Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged what he called "one of the most significant economic interventions at any point in the history of the British state" in response to the coronavirus crisis, including paying the wages of millions of workers and stumping up £330 billion worth of loans and guarantees.

HS2 shock: How workers 'put public at risk' during coronavirus outbreak HS2 LIMITED contract workers could have put local populations and their own families at risk, according to environmental campaigners.

Lichfield MP adds his voice to criticism of HS2 work on ancient woodlands Lichfield's MP has added his voice to criticism of HS2 Ltd over plans for work on areas of ancient woodland. The high speed rail project, which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding areas, will see contractors begin preparation in Fulfen Wood near Lichfield in April.

Chris Packham begins legal case to halt HS2 amid coronavirus crisis Rail contractors accused of using pandemic as cover to hasten ancient woodland destruction.

HS2 protesters evicted amid coronavirus pandemic High-speed rail project HS2 says its workers have been put at risk.

HS2 protestors claim contractors failing to observe social distancing measures Campaigners against the high speed line have hit out at developers for continuing to work during the coronavirus outbreak. They also say contractors have been failing to maintain a safe distance in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.

HS2 college spent £73K on failed Ofsted legal challenge The beleaguered National College for HS2 blew £73,000 on a failed legal attempt at stopping Ofsted publishing a grade four report, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

HS2 work to press on during coronavirus lockdown A HS2 spokesman said: "To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce and the communities in which we are working, only construction sites that can maintain government guidelines and are critical to the delivery of HS2 will remain operational.

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