I start this update with an outburst that is probably too emotional and for that i apologise. Paul Maynard, the Minister responsible for HS2, is a coward. Worse still, he is a coward who treats the people of South Kirkby and our area with utter contempt.
In the past he has refused to accept my invitation to come and see South Kirkby Camp, a nationally important scheduled monument, and to meet with the people of South Kirkby face to face but has been open to dialogue on the impact of HS2, with myself. In his most recent response (below) he made it clear that, regardless of what we have been told and the previous consultation phase, the route of HS2 through our area is not yet fixed. I responded by requesting that, as the route is not yet fixed, he makes a promise to the people of South Kirkby that the monument will not in any way be negatively affected by the route. Given that he has promised to work with Historic England on the impact of the route and they have made it clear that the monument is nationally important, this seems a logical and easy statement for Paul Maynard to make.
However, Paul Maynard has refused to make such a promise. More so he has proven the contempt with which he holds the people of our area in by allocating the task of responding to my correspondence to a very junior civil servant by the name of Rosanna Ford, in the Department for Transport. Let me make this very clear, we all have to start somewhere and i wish Rosanna Ford a long and prosperous career in service but to allocate this response to an employee who has been in the post since just October of this year is astounding. This campaign has taken in consultation with Historic England, the Secretary of State for Transport, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, our own Member of Parliament Jon Trickett and various others and has been rumbling on for over a year. This was not the time to pass the buck, which is exactly what Paul Maynard has done. We deserve better, we are their paymasters after all. The response itself (below) actually tells us nothing we have not already been told, it is a fob off.
So, there we have it. Paul Maynard refuses to promise to save our historic landscape. That is the crux of the matter, he holds the cards and when push comes to shove he can’t make a promise but instead has proven his utter cowardice. Naturally i have responded as such:
Dear Mr Maynard,