In­de­pen­dent wants Chilterns tun­nel

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NEWLY-ELECTED coun­cil­lor has called for the new Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment to tun­nel HS2 through the Chilterns.

Seb Berry, an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor who was elected in the Great Mis­senden ward, says that the Con­ser­va­tives should de­liver a full tun­nel to en­sure that the Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty is pro­tected.

He said: “A Tory ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment will now ram HS2 through as quickly as pos­si­ble, buoyed by the com­plete ab­sence of any HS2 con­stituency south in elec­tions.

“The only up­side is that Ch­eryl Gil­lan and [Ayles­bury MP] David Lid­ing­ton have now run out of po­lit­i­cal ex­cuses.

“The Con­ser­va­tive party lo­cally can no longer blame Labour and the Lib Dems for the dis­as­trous HS2 route through the AONB and its woe­fully in­ad­e­quate mit­i­ga­tion as they have done in the past.

“At the very least, a Tory prime min­is­ter, chan­cel­lor,

ef­fect at level in the last week’s trans­port sec­re­tary and ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment must now de­liver a full AONB tun­nel and lift the blight that has ru­ined so many lives over the last five years.

“They can and should do so as quickly as pos­si­ble at a stroke, mak­ing the se­lect com­mit­tee AONB pe­ti­tion­ing process due later this year largely re­dun­dant and end­ing HS2 mis­ery for thou­sands of peo­ple.

“If they don’t, Ch­eryl Gil­lan is go­ing to have a lot of ex­plain­ing to do.”

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