£800,000 spent by councils on HS2 challenge

£800,000 spent by councils on HS2 challenge

£800,000 spent by councils on HS2 challenge

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COUNCILS have spent £800,000 on legal challenges against HS2 - money a councillor said should have been spent on services instead.

Around a quarter of a million pounds of council cash was spent on an unsuccessful Judicial Review in the High Court, while an additional £550,000 has been spent on studies and reviews to argue for improved mitigation against the controversial project.

The figures were revealed at Chiltern District Council's full council meeting last night by former leader Nick Rose.

He said the authority was one of several who had contributed funds towards the mitigation fight and the cost of legal fees. The money has come from each council's reserve funds.

Cllr Rose added the final total spent had not yet been finalised.

He was responding to a question from Cllr Mohammad Bhatti asking how much Chiltern District Council had spent on fighting HS2.

The Labour member for the Newtown ward said: "Even though I don't see that this government will listen to us and will stop the project, this is the money that comes out of our reserves budget. It should be better spent on improving our residents' living standards."

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12:43pm Wed 14 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Again and again this was pointed out these deaf planks ! The whole project was rubber stamped long time ago. These challenges were all fruitless because the lawyers and consultants knew this failed campaign is likely to fill their pockets so they encouraged the dim-wit Tett and his flock of stupid sheep to waste a million pounds on feeding their ego.
Yet more money is in the pipeline to be wasted away on more "legal" challenges ! Why oh why is WDC is so hell bent on bankrupting this town and depriving its people of necessary services and infrastructure. Why do these waste of human lives not learn that they have been harming this town for decades and now their recent crony shuffle is another evidence that they feel no remorse and are going to keep on doing this.
Again and again this was pointed out these deaf planks ! The whole project was rubber stamped long time ago. These challenges were all fruitless because the lawyers and consultants knew this failed campaign is likely to fill their pockets so they encouraged the dim-wit Tett and his flock of stupid sheep to waste a million pounds on feeding their ego. Yet more money is in the pipeline to be wasted away on more "legal" challenges ! Why oh why is WDC is so hell bent on bankrupting this town and depriving its people of necessary services and infrastructure. Why do these waste of human lives not learn that they have been harming this town for decades and now their recent crony shuffle is another evidence that they feel no remorse and are going to keep on doing this. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 4

11:16pm Wed 14 May 14

Gaulnut says...

If central government weren't so focused on delivering this waste of time train line and put the funds allocated into local councils and existing lines, we all could have saved a lorry load of cash and used it for much more worthwhile causes. Everything about HS2 just makes me sick, I bet this cost isn't mentioned in their figures anywhere..
If central government weren't so focused on delivering this waste of time train line and put the funds allocated into local councils and existing lines, we all could have saved a lorry load of cash and used it for much more worthwhile causes. Everything about HS2 just makes me sick, I bet this cost isn't mentioned in their figures anywhere.. Gaulnut
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11:18pm Wed 14 May 14

Gaulnut says...

Oh and did we mentioned about the inaccurate picture from HS2 headlining this story again? In case you missed it, the bridge and the train would be significantly bigger if drawn accurately.
Oh and did we mentioned about the inaccurate picture from HS2 headlining this story again? In case you missed it, the bridge and the train would be significantly bigger if drawn accurately. Gaulnut
  • Score: -5

11:51am Thu 15 May 14

thethe says...

Gaulnut wrote:
Oh and did we mentioned about the inaccurate picture from HS2 headlining this story again? In case you missed it, the bridge and the train would be significantly bigger if drawn accurately.
That depends on how far away it is from the viewer
[quote][p][bold]Gaulnut[/bold] wrote: Oh and did we mentioned about the inaccurate picture from HS2 headlining this story again? In case you missed it, the bridge and the train would be significantly bigger if drawn accurately.[/p][/quote]That depends on how far away it is from the viewer thethe
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