ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RAIL LINE
MICHAEL Warner runs the Activity Chest toy shop, in Chalfont St Peter, and deals with customers from across Bucks and beyond.
Despite the report’s predictions, however, he does not believe that HS2 is anything for business owners in the Chilterns to be worried about.
“Certainly, in places like Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross and Amersham, the line is too far away from the centre of the towns to make any difference,” he says.
“I can’t see business here being disrupted by it. People talk about the economic impact of it, but I don’t think it will be at all negative for businesses here.
“I personally think that HS2 is a fantastic piece of 21st century infrastructure.
“It has so much opposition, but once it is up and running, people will praise it and will see the benefits that it will bring.
“I do feel for people who are living very close to it, or people who will have to move, but in this area I don’t think it will cause problems.”
Mr Warner said that he believes that the project could bring economic benefits to the area while it is being built, despite the report’s findings.
He said: “The construction workers could well be using village shops and pubs, so while it’s being built it will actually bring some positives.
“I don’t go along with everyone who says it will be a huge problem.”
LOOKING POSITIVE: Michael Warner, owner of Activity Chest, says the impact will not be all negative