HS2 affecting health even before it’s built
Campaigners’ report claims stress and depression
CAMPAIGNERS against HS2 have produced a report which they say shows that HS2 is already having a devastating effect on people’s health and wellbeing in Bucks.
Chilterns Conservation Board has produced a document which looks at how the controversial rail project is affecting people’s lives even before work has started on it.
It has been produced in memory of Great Missenden campaigner Shirley Judges, who died earlier this year.
The report follows a survey of people living in South Heath and Wendover, in which they were asked about anxiety, stress and other knock-on effects on their lives from the prospect of the line.
It was carried out because HS2 Ltd had not considered health or wellbeing in either its draft environmental statement or the full environmental statement. The results of the survey show that of those who responded, 83.7 per cent reported having health problems which they at t r i bute to HS2.
According to the report, these include anxiety, stress, depression and sleeplessness.
Sandra Macdonald, a former nurse from Little Kingshill who helped compile the study, said: “It demonstrates clearly what is happening, and it shows that people’s concerns about health have not been addressed.
“Our report shows the impact HS2 is having, and what people who live near the line are going through. People are incredibly concerned about HS2, and the impact it is going to have. She added: “For people living nearby, especially the elderly, it is a prison sentence, because selling their homes is going to be incredibly difficult, and so there is a high level of stress and anxiety.”
Mrs Macdonald said she believes that the report’s findings will be indicative of everyone living along the line
The group now wants HS2 Ltd and the government to acknowledge its findings and to follow up the report with an independent study into the effects which it has identified.
It has also sent copies to HS2 Ltd boss David Higgins and to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.
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CAMPAIGNER: The new report has been produced in memory of Shirley Judges, who
fought against the rail line