HS2 protesters call for a longer tun­nel to cut short dam­age

Hun­dreds turn out to meet se­lect com­mit­tee

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ANTI-HS2 sup­port­ers turned out in their droves to show mem­bers of the se­lect com­mit­tee the ex­tent of the dam­age that could be caused by the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee vis­ited the Che­sham and Amer­sham con­stituency on Mon­day, June 22.

Hun­dreds of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity took part in the visit, in par­tic­u­lar to cam­paign for a longer tun­nel so HS2 would be un­der­ground in the Chilterns.

Their tour took them to Lit­tle Mis­senden where Jeff Dominy, chair­man of the Lit­tle Mis­senden parish coun­cil, ad­dressed a packed church to out­line how harm­ful the im­pact of HS2 would be to the com­mu­nity.

Mr Dominy said: “I think that it is highly prob­a­ble that HS2 will go ahead, we want to see max­i­mum mit­i­ga­tion.”

He said traf­fic con­ges­tion caused by the con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles will have a big im­pact on the vil­lage, in­clud­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity to emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

He said: “The vil­lage will be­come a rat run. If it is pos­si­ble to build a tun­nel un­der Lon­don, it is surely equally pos­si­ble to build one un­der the Chilterns.”

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County coun­cil­lor, Alan Stevens, said: “The turnout is im­pres­sive, I am sur­prised about how good na­tured the whole thing is.

“I am sure the se­lect com­mit­tee un­der­stand why we want a tun­nel here.”

Af­ter vis­it­ing Lit­tle Mis­senden, the se­lect com­mit­tee vis­ited Hyde Heath where they were taken on a 30-minute walk through Man­tles Wood, which is where the train is planned to come out from un­der­ground. The walk took the politi­cians to Far­things Wood and on to Chapel Farm in Hyde Lane, which is due to be de­mol­ished.

One of the cam­paign­ers on the walk, Diana Loten, said: “To­day has been re­ally good.

“I do not want the train to be above ground, we are so lucky to have this beau­ti­ful coun­try­side. It is the only place you can get some tran­quil­lity.”

The Che­sham So­ci­ety’s, Jim Con­boy, said: “We want them to see what will be de­stroyed if they do not build a tun­nel un­der the Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB).

“We think that they have ex­ag­ger­ated the cost of a tun­nel.”

The com­mit­tee was due to visit the vent shaft site in Bot­tom House Farm Lane, Chal­font St Giles. How­ever, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of the vil­lagers, the lane was too nar­row for their mini-bus and they weren’t able to make it.

FEARS: Jim Con­boy from the Che­sham So­ci­ety

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