HS2 has no signs of democ­racy

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

WE live in a democ­racy yet the peo­ple of Chal­font St Giles have not been con­sulted about is­sues which af­fect lives in this very English vil­lage.

HS2 is a politi­cians’ van­ity project sim­i­lar to the white ele­phants of the Hum­ber Bridge and Mil­len­nium Dome, of no use what­so­ever to the econ­omy of this coun­try. HS2 will pass un­der the vil­lage and des­e­crate the coun­try­side fur­ther north with­out con­sul­ta­tion.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil says it wants to pre­serve the green belt yet al­lowed ‘af­ford­able’ hous­ing on green belt land in the vil­lage. It seems un­fair 99 per cent of young peo­ple in the vil­lage will never be of­fered a sub­sidised house, only a lucky ‘cho­sen few’ – by whom? Some res­i­dents have high in­comes and homes else­where in the Chalfonts. There was no con­sul­ta­tion on the green belt.

The parish coun­cil is propos­ing to spend £500,000 on an of­fice when there are per­fectly good venues in the vil­lage. No con­sul­ta­tion.

Some are ad­vo­cat­ing a chi­cane in the Dean­way, the main road through the vil­lage. This will hold up traf­fic and drive it into vil­lage lanes, as hap­pened when Bri­tish Gas had traf­fic lights there last sum­mer. Road safety can only im­prove with speed cam­eras, sim­i­lar to the one in Chal­font St Peter. No con­sul­ta­tion.

May I sug­gest ‘com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ start to rep­re­sent the majority in­stead of their own ab­surd mad­cap ideas?

H.M. BISHOP

Back Lane Chal­font St Giles

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