MP com­mit­tee to pay visit to site

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A GROUP of MPs who have the power to rec­om­mend changes to the HS2 line are on their way to Bucks.

The HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee, made up of MPs from dif­fer­ent par­ties, will be vis­it­ing Wen­dover and Ayles­bury to­day (Thurs­day, June 11).

The group will look at ar­eas which are par­tic­u­larly badly af­fected by HS2 and will be meet­ing peo­ple from the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties to hear their views on how the im­pact of the line could be mit­i­gated.

It is the first time the group has vis­ited Bucks since the gen­eral elec­tion took place and comes ahead of pe­ti­tion­ing ses­sions at which in­di­vid­u­als and groups can talk to the com­mit­tee about how their homes and sur­round­ings will be im­pacted. HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance direc­tor Hi­lary Wharf said: “It’s a chance for the group to see first hand one of the worst af­fected ar­eas.

“The vis­its have proved ex­tremely use­ful so far and the group has been very in­ter­ested to see the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and how the line will im­pact them.”

The Chilterns Coun­try­side group has en­cour­aged peo­ple to go along to the visit to show the strength of feel­ing on the is­sue of HS2 and to demon­strate the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the Chilterns Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty.

A cam­paign for a long un­der­ground tun­nel, to go di­rectly un­der­neath the area in or­der to min­imise im­pact was an­nounced ear­lier this year and this is one of the things which will be dis­cussed on the day.

Among the sites set to be vis­ited on the tour will be St Mary’s Church in Wen­dover and Ayles­bury Park Golf Club, as well as views of dif­fer­ent scenes in the area.

The group is ex­pected to visit the Chiltern Dis­trict later this year, with vis­its to ar­eas in­clud­ing Chal­font St Giles, Amer­sham and Che­sham, but no date has yet been set for this.

The Colne Val­ley re­gion, in­clud­ing parts of Den­ham, were vis­ited by the group in Jan­uary.

SCRU­TINY: The MPs Se­lect com­mit­tee visit in Jan­uary this year

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