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By Pippa Hart

At a recent local meeting, I became aware that I was much more informed on HS2 than the other attendees at the meeting. This was NOT because I am an avid reader of the broadsheets, NOT because I am a keen listener to radio programmes or HS2-related television programmes, and NOT just because I am on the HS2 Alliance e-mail distribution list. It’s simply because I am a registered member of The Lee Forum and have ticked the box for all updates on the topic of HS2! Within hours of the television announcement in March last year I received notice of a new posting regarding HS2. Since then whenever there is an article written, programme being broadcast, information available about public meetings or petitions, various (and more active!) members of the Forum can, and do, post links to this information and keep us updated on a regular basis. This is particularly useful in terms of links to all of the different newspaper articles and petitions.
The Forum was originally set up on the back of The Lee website - as a forum for on-line discussions and messaging relating to NATS. When the HS2 proposals were announced a year ago, The Lee Forum was the first point of contact for all interested parties. The HS2 Alliance even relied on the Forum for a few weeks before they had their own website and mailing list operational.

If you are not already registered, please find the time to sign up to the Forum and find out what is going on and what you can do to fight the train that threatens the long term tranquillity of our unique hilltop community – and  maybe suggest to friends in Ballinger and South Heath (i.e. outside The Lee Newsletter distribution list) that they join too.

Joining The Lee Forum
Andrew Burnett and Colin Sully administer The Lee Forum and have reproduced instructions for joining, for those of you who would like to know:
To sign up to The Lee Forum, visit The Lee website at www.thelee.org.uk and follow the link to The Lee Forum. In the bottom right corner, click the link which reads “New visitor to the forum? Click here to register for the first time.” This takes you to a form where you fill in your details and choose a password. The tick boxes at the bottom of the screen allow you to choose whether to receive email alerts when a new topic is added, and/or e-mail alerts when a new message is posted to a topic you have indicated you are interested in; for most people, it’s worth leaving ticks in these boxes, as the volume of emails is not excessive and it ensures you stay up to date with events.

When you submit the form, you will receive an email for you to confirm your email address, and then one to advise you that you are now able to use the forum. You can then go back to The Lee Forum web page and log in using your email address and password. Also, if you are using a home computer, you can tick the box which reads “Tick this box to remain logged in on this computer until you log out”, and you won’t need to log in again.

If you want to receive emails when messages are added to a topic you are interested in, such as High Speed Rail, click on the topic and then on the right hand side of the page where there is an option to “Click here to start receiving emails for this topic”.

There are now about 300 users signed up to the Forum and about 230 messages on the topic of HS2 since March 2010.
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