MP urges everyone to make views known on tunnel under beauty spot
PEOPLE were given the chance to speak to experts working on the HS2 project to find out more about how their homes will be affected by the scheme.
An information event was held in Great Missenden on Friday October 16 at the Ballinger War Memorial, and staff from HS2 Ltd were on hand to talk about how the project is progressing and to answer questions.
The session was part of an ongoing programme of information sharing with communities along the 140 mile first phase of the route.
Among those attending was Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan, who used the event to urge people living in the area to continue pressing for a tunnel running under the entirety of the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty.
The HS2 Select Committee, a group of MPs who have the power to recommend changes to the line, has already said that it is unlikely that they will be persuaded of the need for a full tunnel, but Mrs Gillan, as well as other campaigners, has not given up hope.
She said: “It was a well attended event and constituents gathered to talk to the representatives of HS2 Ltd about all aspects of the project, whether engineering, construction, property matters or environmental issues.
“I want to remind everyone that the petitioning phase for Additional Provision Four opened on October 12 and it now continues until Friday, November 13. This affects the constituency because of the extended tunnelling to South Heath.
“The deadline for submissions about the supplementary environmental statement is a couple of weeks later, on Friday, November 27.
“There have been amendments to the proposals so it is vitally important that all constituents who believe they are directly and specially affected should make their views known.”
She added: “Inch by inch, we have to work towards that goal of a tunnel to protect the whole of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, if this project goes ahead.”