HS2 protestors to leave camps following court order - The Leamington Observer

HS2 protestors to leave camps following court order

Laura Kearns 23rd Mar, 2020 Updated: 23rd Mar, 2020   0

HS2 protestors are leaving camps in Cubbington and Crackley Woods following a court order.

Campaigners have until 4pm on Tuesday (March 24) to dismantle the sites after the judge granted a nine month injunction. It prevents them setting up new camps on land including Broadwells and Birches Wood.

Judge Geraldine Andrews sitting at Birmingham’s Business and Property Courts said HS2 had come to court ‘not with clean hands’.

Injunctions against Joe Rukin and Matthew Bishop, who founded the two camps and who spearhead the campaign, were not granted.

Mr Rukin said: “We will now be outside the injunction zone making sure HS2 do not commit the wildlife crimes this court shows they have intention to do.”

The protestors are fund-raising to help cover the £10,000 legal costs from this hearing and to establish new camps, along with provide legal support for wildlife activists and improved technology for live broadcasts.

Mr Bishop added: “We urgently need your help so we can fight for woodlands and habitats all along the route.

“HS2 is the biggest and most destructive construction project the UK has ever seen. It’s almost 100 miles longer than any motorway ever built in the UK, and there are people currently opposing the destruction it would deliver along phase one every day.

“It is an express train to climate and ecological disaster.

“Boris Johnson has left us with no other option than to defend our countryside, wildlife and climate from HS2, until the project is stopped and rethought.”

Recently more than 500 protestors wearing Boris Johnson masks took part in a rally through Cubbington and Crackley Woods to ‘stand for the trees’.

Mr Bishop said it was the last chance for many to see the ancient woodland which will soon be felled to make way for the high speed line.

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/stophs2 to donate.


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