MPs make HS2 lo­ca­tions visit

Se­lect com­mit­tee look at ar­eas af­fected

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

ANTI-HS2 pe­ti­tion­ers are pre­par­ing for the visit of a se­lect com­mit­tee of MPs to Bucks which could de­ter­mine the im­pact the con­tro­ver­sial line will have on the area.

The HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee will visit the Colne Val­ley area, in Den­ham, on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 15 and will look at lo­ca­tions which will be af­fected by the rail line.

It will also view parts of the Hilling­don area on the same day, but cam­paign­ers be­lieve that there are many more lo­ca­tions it needs to see in or­der for the MPs to fully un­der­stand the im­pact the project could have.

Den­ham Against HS2 chair­man Frank Par­tridge said: “The pub­lished plans for the se­lect com­mit­tee’s site visit on Jan­uary 15 fall a long way short of what we, and Bucks County Coun­cil, rec­om­mended.

“Of the eight sched­uled stops, there are only two around Den­ham – in Chal­font Lane, im­me­di­ately north of the pro­posed con­struc­tion site on the rolling fields ad­join­ing the M25, and at the Grand Union canal cross­ing at Moorhall Road. This means they’ve left out a se­ries of im­por­tant lo­ca­tions.”

Mr Par­tridge be­lieves that the com­mit­tee also

Of the eight

sched­uled stops, there are only two around Den­ham”

needs to see the view­points on ei­ther side of the Colne Val­ley from the Old Or­chard car park and the grounds of the Den­ham Grove ho­tel, as well as Den­ham Wa­ter Ski Club, Korda and Savay Lakes, Savay Farm and most of the Colne Val­ley Coun­try Park.

After vis­it­ing Den­ham, the se­lect com­mit­tee’s coach will move onto Hilling­don.

The site visit is ear­lier than ex­pected and is likely to mean peo­ple liv­ing in Den­ham who have pe­ti­tioned against HS2 will be called to present to the se­lect com­mit­tee in mid to late Fe­bru­ary.

No dates have yet been set for when the com­mit­tee will visit the rest of Bucks or what sites in the county it will see, although cam­paign­ers be­lieve it could be in the spring.

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