Councillor asks PM for HS2 community facilities
THE leader of Bucks County Council has urged David Cameron to pay for village halls, playgrounds and visitor centres for areas worst affected by HS2.
Councillor Martin Tett wrote to Downing Street two weeks ago asking for extra compensation.
He said: “One of the things we will be petitioning for is a community fund of a significant number of millions which can be used to provide community benefit for those which are adversely affected along the route.
“For example, villages and towns along the route which suffer really badly – maybe we would want to ask the government to fund a village hall, new playground or visitor centre there.
“There is just too much prestige now for the government to back off (from carrying out HS2).
“Our focus is on getting the very best mitigation we can for all the residents of Buckinghamshire who are impacted along the route.
“The project brings no economic benefit, years of disruption during the construction and at the end of it there will be ecological damage to the county which will not be repairable.”
Hilary Wharf, of protest group HS2 Action Alliance, said: “Community facilities is yet another factor which we would be looking for the government to put in place if HS2 is going to happen.
“We obviously welcome all mitigation measures, of which this would be one.”
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REQUEST: Martin Tett