MP urges ev­ery­one to make views known on tun­nel un­der beauty spot

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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