‘District will not receive any benefit’
Nick Rose, Chiltern District Council’s lead member of the campaign against HS2: “YOUR readers know only too well that Chiltern District Council, its community and environment is adversely affected by the proposed HS2 railway.
“The safeguarded route bisects the district and although a significant part is in tunnel, it has considerable impact.
“We remain a member of 51m, the consortium of local authorities fighting HS2. We have been part of the legal challenge against the rail line and are now petitioning Parliament against the Hybrid Bill.
“The petition process is concerned with mitigation – lessening the impact – and to do this we need to demonstrate why the issue is so important and the consequences so great, hence our commissioning of this economic impacts report. Seventy two per cent of our district is part of the Chilterns Area Of Natural Beauty and many of our main settlements are affected by HS2.
“The government has chosen to characterise the opposition in our area as essentially NIMBY, but we strongly believe this misrepresents the economic importance and displays a complete lack of understanding of the area, which will not receive any benefit from the proposed HS2 route.
“Our area contributes onsiderable prosperity to he UK, with low nemployment, high levels f educational chievement, low levels of eprivation and crime, and ow levels of public pending.
“We asked our onsultants to advise on he economic impact of HS2 on Chiltern District uring the construction hase and in the years following. Within the report, Peter Brett Associates have shown how and why the area is so successful, how HS2 will undermine this, and how the detrimental impacts could be mitigated.
“When we are invited to present to the Select Committee in Parliament next year we will be using this report as part of our evidence to try and secure the best mitigation for the district.”