Debris to spoil natural beauty
Concerns over ‘dumping ground’ area
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