‘Be pre­pared for HS2 ar­gu­ment’

Cam­paign­ers get ready for com­mit­tee

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

PEO­PLE are be­ing im­plored to con­tinue the fight against HS2 by en­sur­ing that their pe­ti­tions against the project are as ef­fec­tive as pos­si­ble.

Cam­paign­ers against the con­tro­ver­sial rail scheme say it is im­por­tant that peo­ple living in the Chilterns and South Bucks ar­eas are as pre­pared as pos­si­ble for when they ap­pear be­fore the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee, which is likely to be in the sec­ond half of this year.

The se­lect com­mit­tee can­mak­ere­c­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ment that more is done to mit­i­gate against the ef­fects of HS2 in the area and can also rec­om­mend that the line runs through a tun­nel in the Chilterns AONB.

Ac­tion groups in­clud­ing Den­ham Against HS2, HS2 Amer­sham Ac­tion Group and Great Mis­senden Stop HS2 are all pe­ti­tion­ing against the project, and are ad­vis­ing oth­ers who are set to do the same to take the time to go along to talk to the se­lect com­mit­tee when they are called, and to pre­pare an ef­fec­tive ar­gu­ment.

Colin Sully, direc­tor of the Chiltern Ridges HS2 Ac­tion Group, said: “It is worth re­call­ing that over 800 pe­ti­tions have asked the Depart­ment of Trans­port for the Chilterns AONB pro­tected with a bored tun­nel.

“It’s not sur­pris­ing so many pe­ti­tions call for pro­tec­tion for the spe­cially des­ig­nated land­scape.

“It must al­ready be clear to HS2 Ltd that the big­gest sin­gle is­sue that peo­ple are pe­ti­tion­ing on is the im­pact of HS2 on the Chilterns AONB.

“How­ever, all this will count for noth­ing if it is not fol­lowed-up with a phys­i­cal pres­ence in front of the se­lect com­mit­tee.”

Any­one want­ing to get tips or ad­vice on how to pe­ti­tion, or to find out more about what the process will in­volve, is en­cour­aged to get in touch with their lo­cal ac­tion group. to be


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