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Wildlife trust given extra time to respond to HS2 consultation

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

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EXTRA time has been granted to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to have a say on the High Speed railway line because of an administrative blunder.

The trust, based at Wolseley Bridge, has been given an extra 17 days to examine and comment on the environmental statement on phase one of HS2.

The House of Commons Standing Orders Committee ruled the January 24 deadline should be extended to February 10 after 877 pages of key documents were left off a computer memory stick given in evidence as part of the 50,000 page report.

The trust is appealing for people living along both phases of the route to submit sightings of wildlife in the area, such as birds, mammals and amphibians, as well as potentially important natural habitats such as flowery road verges, ponds, woodland and grasslands. Records should be sent along with a date and location to Staffordshire Ecological Record at www.staffs-ecology.org.uk and also to planning@staffs-wildlife.org.uk.

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