The Chilterns are next on com­mit­tee’s agenda

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CAM­PAIGN­ERS are pre­par­ing for the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee to pay a visit to the Chilterns Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB).

The group of MPs will be vis­it­ing ar­eas in­clud­ing the Chilterns, Amer­sham and Great Mis­senden on Mon­day.

The com­mit­tee, which has power to rec­om­mend changes to the line be­fore it is built, will spend the day look­ing at sites that are set to be af­fected by the pro­ject. They will meet with protesters, hear con­cerns and be briefed on ex­actly where var­i­ous fea­tures of the line, such as vent shafts, are set to be placed.

It fol­lows the se­lect com­mit­tee’s trip to the Wen­dover and Ayles­bury ar­eas last week.

Af­ter the visit, ac­tion 9.30am: Ar­rive at Chal­font and La­timer Rail­way Sta­tion; 9.30am: Drive to Che­sham Lane, Chal­font St Peter, to see lo­ca­tion of po­ten­tial vent shaft and to hear con­cerns; 9.50am: Drive to Bot­tom House Farm Lane, Chal­font St Giles, to see lo­ca­tion of po­ten­tial vent shaft and hear con­cerns; 10.05am: Drive to Whielden Street, Old Amer­sham, to see lo­ca­tion of planned vent shaft and hear con­cerns; 10.25am; Drive to Lit­tle Mis­senden, A413, to see lo­ca­tion of planned vent shaft; 10.35am: Lit­tle Mis­senden Vil­lage Hall. An op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to meet the com­mit­tee; 11am: Drive to Hyde Heath vil­lage to hear con­cerns about im­pact on vil­lage and Hyde Heath Pri­mary School; 11.20am: Drive to Man­tles Wood. View groups, coun­cils and peo­ple from the area are set to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee in Westminster, at which they will dis­cuss con­cerns about the line and how its im­pact could po­ten­tially be mit­i­gated.

The pos­si­bil­ity of bury­ing the line un­der­neath the AONB is set to be one of the main ar­eas of dis­cus­sion.

Stan Ma­son, of the HS2 Amer­sham Ac­tion Group, said: “They’re be­ing taken right across the Chilterns so hope­fully they will get a good idea of what’s here and what could be lost. I’m sure that lots of peo­ple will go along to show them how strongly peo­ple feel.

“It’s an im­por­tant time for this area.”

See Mon­day’s itin­er­ary for the se­lect com­mit­tee be­low. site of tun­nel por­tal in an­cient wood­land and dis­cuss ex­tended tun­nel pro­posal; 12.50pm: Drive to An­nie Bai­ley’s pub to hear con­cerns about the loss of the venue; 1.10pm: Drive to Cud­sen’s Court, Great Mis­senden, to dis­cuss green tun­nel por­tal and im­pact of prop­erty blight; 2.25pm: Travel to Sibley’s Rise, South Heath, to hear about im­pact on an­cient wood­land; 2.46pm: Drive to Wood Lane, South Heath, to hear con­cerns about prop­erty blight, noise and con­struc­tion phase; 3.30pm: Bury Farm foot­path, South Heath, View pro­posed align­ment of green tun­nel por­tal, hear con­cerns about con­struc­tion; 3.45pm: Mul­berry Park, Great Mis­senden, see park, which will be de­mol­ished and dis­cuss tran­quil­lity con­cerns.

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