Coun­cil­lor asks PM for HS2 com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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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