hs2 westminster protest
ANTI HS2 campaigners have warned against David Cameron's plans to cutback on judicial reviews in a bid to boost Britain's economy, saying that 'not everything we find inconvenient is inherently wrong or malicious.'
The 51m Alliance has said that in some cases judicial reviews are the only way people or businesses can stop public bodies acting illegally.
Spokesman Rachel Prance pointed out examples such as the legal challenge by Virgin Rail to the West Coast Mainline Franchise and the Conservative Party's support for the Judicial Review of the former Labour Government's decision on the Third Heathrow Runway.
Councillor Martin Tett, Chairman of the 51m alliance and Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said: "In two week's time Buckinghamshire and fourteen other local authorities are legally challenging the DfT decision to proceed with High Speed 2.
"We are doing this with immense reluctance, however we feel that we have been left with no alternative. This immensely expensive project ignores the Davis Review of aviation policy, has an abysmal Business Case and represents extremely poor value for hard pressed taxpayers' money.
"Far better alternatives exist to build the infrastructure the country desperately needs more quickly and at far lower cost. We cannot let the DfT with its atrocious record on managing key investment decisions not answer for why these have been ignored."