NCC re­port of­fers hope to protest

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A RE­PORT for the gov­ern­ment which warns against ‘struc­tural de­te­ri­o­ra­tion’ across the coun­try has been seized upon by anti-HS2 cam­paign­ers.

The Nat­u­ral Cap­i­tal Com­mit­tee ( NCC), which ad­vises the gov­ern­ment on the state of ‘nat­u­ral cap­i­tal’ such as clean air, clean wa­ter, food and recre­ation, has said ac­tion is ur­gently needed to re­verse a ‘struc­tural de­te­ri­o­ra­tion’ across the coun­try.

Chiltern cam­paign­ers against the rail scheme say HS2 could be seen as part of the risk to the coun­try’s fu­ture.

Com­ment­ing on the re­port, Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s lead mem­ber against HS2 Nick Rose said: “This NCC re­port is par­tic­u­larly poignant as part of the Chilterns’ area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty (AONB) is about to be ru­ined by the HS2 line if it goes ahead. The de­struc­tion of such a large sec­tion of the AONB would be un­prece­dented in the UK.”

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