HS2 protesters call for a longer tunnel to cut short damage
Hundreds turn out to meet select committee
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.”
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