MPS VISIT SITES UNDER THREAT
HS2 select committee hears concerns on trip to Wendover and Aylesbury
HUNDREDS of people lined the streets when the HS2 select committee visited Bucks.
The group of MPs went to Wendover and Aylesbury last Thursday to see sites set to be affected by HS2, while also talking to people living in the area.
A presentation was given for the group at the 700-year-old St Mary’s Church, in Aylesbury, at which the group was asked to listen as a demonstration of the likely noise from HS2 trains as they pass through the village was played.
William Avery, an antiHS2 campaigner living in Aylesbury, told the committee: “The noise from the line in Wendover will have a serious impact on this village. You will be able to hear trains going past every minute of the day. In this church it will have an impact on community events, but across Wendover it will be incredibly noisy.
“The closer you get to the line, the worse the noise will be.”
The MPs were also told that disruption and noise caused by the building of the line, as well as the trains when it is up and running, would have a negative impact on Wendover House School, which teaches pupils with special educational needs.
Principal of the school, Ian McCaul, said: “I feel very strongly about this issue. The pupils at the site will be extremely disrupted by the noise.
“That school is a finely tuned machine. To have construction traffic near the school, and then a train line near it, presents a number of significant risks to the pupils and to the staff which are beyond our control, yet we will be accountable for them.”
The committee then moved on to the centre of Wendover where they chatted to people, and then to Aylesbury, where they stopped to look at sites through which HS2 is set to run.
Chairman of the committee, Robert Syms MP, said: “People feel very strongly about HS2 here and we’ve been pleased to listen to everything that they have to say.
“Everywhere we go, people want to protect where they live. It is the same issues everywhere. Every area thinks they are the worst affected.
“But we listen and we take everything on board and we understand the strength of feeling.”
OUT AND ABOUT: The chairman of the HS2 select committee, Robert Syms MP, addresses the audience in St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, above left, while the group of MPs, above right, meet and chat with people in Wendover.
ON SITE: The committee looks at part of the HS2 route through the Wendover countryside.