The Chilterns are next on committee’s agenda
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.