De­bris to spoil nat­u­ral beauty

Con­cerns over ‘dump­ing ground’ area

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS against HS2 are con­cerned that more de­bris cre­ated by the build­ing of the rail line could be dumped in the Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty.

Pro­test­ers be­lieve that spoil from the line’s con­struc­tion could end up be­ing dumped in the South Heath area of Great Mis­senden.

Spoil is cre­ated by the work car­ried out to build the line, and ac­cord­ing to HS2 Ltd, had been mainly due to be dumped at a sus­tain­able place­ment area at Hunts Green, near to The Lee.

How­ever, af­ter be­ing sent new fig­ures from HS2 Ltd, cam­paign­ers are con­cerned at the pres­ence of an ar­ti­fi­cial hill near a planned tun­nel in South Heath.

Cam­paign­ers say there is no en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­son for this hill to ex­ist, and cou­pled with con­cerns there will be more spoil cre­ated in the area by planned tun­nelling than has been ac­counted for by HS2 Ltd, has led to fears there will be more spoil dumped in the Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty.

The plans for the spoil in South Heath were not men­tioned in HS2 Ltd’s En­vi­ron­men­tal State­ment, which de­tailed the full en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact which the project is ex­pected to have when it is be­ing con­structed and when it is up and run­ning.

Simon Hook of the South Heath Ac­tion Group, said: “De­spite all our pre­vi­ous meet­ings with HS2 Ltd, even when spoil was dis­cussed, there was no men­tion of the need to dump ad­di­tional spoil in or around South Heath.

“Yet again it seems that we have been mis­led.”

Hi­lary Wharf of the HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance said: “It beg­gars be­lief that HS2 Ltd are ap­par­ently hav­ing a sec­ond dump in the Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty and the fact that it has been hid­den from us and not men­tioned in the En­vi­ron­men­tal State­ment only makes it worse.”

HID­DEN: Hi­lary Wharf

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