HS2 must en­gage with a com­mu­nity it plans to cut a swathe through

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE lead­ers of South Bucks and Chiltern dis­trict coun­cils are an­gry, as are their coun­ter­parts in Ayles­bury Vale and Wy­combe dis­trict coun­cil and the leader of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil. Quite frankly, who can blame them. HS2 Ltd has planned a se­ries of six com­mu­nity en­gage­ment events to be held be­fore Christ­mas.

Four of these events are to be held in and around Birm­ing­ham. Two have been planned to take place around the Eus­ton area. That leaves a big round zero for Bucks. You would think that when you want to cut a swathe right through the cen­tre of the Chilterns, the very very least you would do is speak to the peo­ple who live there and let them know what’s go­ing on. But ap­par­ently not. This high speed rail link is meant to be about con­nect­ing peo­ple – at least that’s what the mar­ket­ing spin says. It would ap­pear, though, it isn’t nec­es­sar­ily about con­nect­ing with peo­ple.

The lead­ers of the five coun­cils in the county have fired off a let­ter to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of HS2 de­mand­ing to know why the county’s com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing ig­nored.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see what, if any, re­sponse they get.

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