On Monday 25 November the HS2 Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons. Accompanied by the biggest Environmental Statement in UK history, we have our work cut out to assess it.
To date the 400-page hybrid bill, with an additional 50,000 page Environmental Statement, has received the most criticism for its size. With just 59 days in which to read it, the surrounding media coverage is focusing on campaigners facing a Christmas of trying to get to grips with what the proposal means. Once the one tonne document has been digested, which is set to be a complex task, opponents will have to put together their arguments ready for the consultation.
Viewers of yesterday’s episode of Inside the National Trust were introduced to Upland Ranger, Ian Griffiths. Ian told us about his role in the Lake District and his experience working with the film crew.
£300,000 is needed to save paths in the Lake District after years of traditional Lakes weather and high footfall take its toll.
Two thousand metres (1.25 miles) of routes on National Trust land, including one to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, need replacing in the next two years at a cost of £160 per metre or £250,000 per mile.
Read a response from John Darlington, National Trust’s Director of Region for the North West, to George Monbiot’s article on the Lake District:
“‘Sheep-wrecked’, one of ‘the most depressing landscapes in Europe’ – hardly a ringing endorsement of the Lake District from George Monbiot in Tuesday’s Guardian. I’m a fan of George: he’s an eloquent and passionate advocate for wildlife, and the National Trust, as owners of 1/5th of the Lakes, would be foolish not to listen to what he has to say. His challenge is that sheep-farming has denuded the environment of the fells, and that our ambition to designate the area as a World Heritage Site will lead to the pickling of this landscape in aspic, and the perpetuating one way of management to the detriment of all others. Continue reading →