HS2 study is to serve as tribute
Report dedicated to protester Shirley
A STUDY which shows how the HS2 project could damage people’s lives in the Chilterns is being dedicated to the memory of a much-loved campaigner against the scheme.
A pilot study was launched last year by the HS2 Action Alliance to examine the health effects the project might have on people living in the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty.
The results have just been published and show that of the 286 people who responded, more than 80 per cent were suffering from anxiety about the project, and said that they felt stressed about the impact it will have on their lives.
Because of the fact that it is centred on the impact HS2 will have on people living in the Chilterns, it has been decided that the report will be dedicated to campaigner Shirley Judges, who died earlier this month following a battle with illness.
Mrs Judges, who lived in Great Missenden, had fought against HS2 since it was first announced and, since her death, tributes have flooded in for her.
The main concern affecting people’s health and well-being in the study was property blight, but construction and landscape impacts were also found to be important.
A total of 17 per cent of those who responded said that they had raised the matter of the effect the project is having on their health to a doctor and that, overall, people feel that the impact in the future will be worse during the construction phase than when HS2 is in operation.
The HS2 Action Alliance believes that the study shows that the situation will be worse than that predicted in the health impact assessment published by HS2 Ltd last year, and that that report underestimates the impact the line will have.
The findings have now been forwarded to MPs for their considerations.
Hilary Wharf, chairman of the HS2 Action Alliance, said: “The pilot study is dedicated to the memory of Shirley Judges who was an historian, archaeologist, countryside lover, walker, passionate community champion and dear friend.”
The Alliance is now urging HS2 Ltd to undertake more research into the issue.