MPs make HS2 locations visit
Select committee look at areas affected
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.