Independent wants Chilterns tunnel
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.”