MP visit offers clear view of HS2 effects
Tour of route takes in waterski club and valley
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