MPs rule out re­turn visit to HS2 dis­trict

Cam­paign­ers voice dis­ap­point­ment with ver­dict

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PRO­TEST­ERS against HS2 have ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion that MPs who can rec­om­mend mit­i­ga­tion against the project will not re­turn to their area. group did not see enough of the vil­lage and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Cam­paign­ers have now learned the MPs will not re­turn.

Peo­ple who sub­mit­ted pe­ti­tions to the com­mit­tee ex­plain­ing how they will be af­fected by the line have in­stead been called to present to the com­mit­tee in March.

Den­ham Against HS2’s Frank Partridge said: “It’s a sur­pris­ing and truly dis­ap­point­ing de­ci­sion, be­cause the nor­mal way of do­ing things is to hear first from the county coun­cils, dis­trict coun­cils and then down the food chain to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als, but in our case, uniquely, they are do­ing it the other way round, to get through as many pe­ti­tions as pos­si­ble be­fore they shut-up shop at the end of March to try to get re-elected.”

The cam­paign group is pre­par­ing for the pe­ti­tion­ing process and of­fer­ing ad­vice to peo­ple plan­ning on vis­it­ing Lon­don to meet the com­mit­tee, ex­pected to be March 9 and 23.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil will hold an ad­vice ses­sion on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, with the time to be con­firmed, at its of­fices in Capswood, Tatling End, and Den­ham Against HS2 is or­gan­is­ing a sim­i­lar event, on ei­ther Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 19 or 26.

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing can email fa­partridge@aol.com.

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