MP in­vites min­is­ter to visit and sur­vey scene

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THE trans­port sec­re­tary has been in­vited to the Chilterns so that he can see the dam­age set to be caused by HS2.

Ch­eryl Gil­lan, MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham, spoke out last week to ask trans­port sec­re­tary Pa­trick McLough­lin to visit the area so he could see why she feels that a tun­nel un­der the Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty is so nec­es­sary.

Dur­ing a trans­port ques­tions ses­sion in Par­lia­ment last Thurs­day, Mrs Gil­lan men­tioned that the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee will be vis­it­ing the area on Mon­day to see the area cam­paign­ers are ea­ger to pro­tect.

She then in­vited Mr McLough­lin “to look at the AONB and to see why the tun­nelling is es­sen­tial to keep our man­i­festo pledges to build new in­fra­struc­ture in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive way and to main­tain na­tional pro­tec­tions for AONBs”.

Mr McLough­lin said that although he has vis­ited the Chilterns on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, he hoped that he would be able to fit a fu­ture visit to the area into his di­ary.

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