MP visit of­fers clear view of HS2 ef­fects

Tour of route takes in water­ski club and val­ley

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

A GROUP of MPs who could have a say on lim­it­ing the ef­fects of HS2 on Bucks has made its first visit to the county.

The cross-party group of MPs came to Den­ham on Thurs­day last week.

It vis­ited a se­lec­tion of lo­ca­tions in and around the Colne Val­ley, in­clud­ing Savay Farm and Den­ham Water­ski Club, at which it was told ex­actly where the pro­posed rail line would run, and how the area would be af­fected.

The group trav­elled by coach to the var­i­ous dif­fer­ent sites, and was joined by MP Do­minic Grieve, as well as pro­test­ers and peo­ple who are af­fected by the line.

Frank Par­tridge, chair­man of Den­ham Against HS2, was among the group who fol­lowed the MPs on their visit.

He said: “The com­mit­tee has been very in­ter­ested, and has been ask­ing lots of ques­tions, so it’s been very pos­i­tive.

“We are hop­ing that they will come back to Den­ham to see more of the ar­eas which will be af­fected.”

He added: “It’s im­por­tant that they see as much as pos­si­ble, and the range of things which will be af­fected, so that’s why they’re look­ing at Den­ham Water­ski Club, be­cause it’s a business, and then look­ing at views of the Colne Val­ley, so that they can get a clear idea of ex­actly what HS2 is go­ing to do to this area.”

The Se­lect Com­mit­tee is due to re­turn to Bucks later this year to look at


Right and above, Bea­cons­field MP Do­minic Grieve (cen­tre in left pic­ture) looks at and dis­cusses the plans that will ef­fect the site of Den­ham Water­ski Club the ef­fect the line will have on the Chilterns, and it is hoped that it will be vis­it­ing ar­eas in­clud­ing Amer­sham and Great Mis­senden, but a date for that visit has not yet been set. After vis­it­ing Den­ham, the com­mit­tee moved onto Hilling­don to look at the ef­fect the line will have there.

Some peo­ple liv­ing in Den­ham did not feel that the com­mit­tee spent enough time in the area. Mo Oborn, of Wil­low­bank, said: “There are so many homes that are af­fected but we’re not on their route. I think they should re­turn to Den­ham be­cause it’s nowhere near enough time to be here.”

PLANS: Pic­tured above, from left: Robert Syms MP for Poole and Nick Hurd MP for Ruis­lip, North­wood & Pin­ner speak with Neil Cowie from HS2 Ltd. Right, Den­ham Water­ski Club

TOUR: The se­lect com­mit­tee of MPs take a tour of the area around Den­ham Water­ski Club

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