More time to con­sider im­pact of HS2 on the en­vi­ron­ment

In­cor­rect data used to as­sess traf­fic and some im­por­tant junc­tions not in­cluded

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The so­ci­ety – a con­ser­va­tion group – en­acted a spe­cial Par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure to point out what it be­lieved were er­rors in the state­ment, which high­light the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on HS2.

It pointed out that no fig­ures had been given about the im­pact of HS2 re­lated con­ges­tion in parts of South Bucks.

Chiltern So­ci­ety trus­tee John Glad­win pre­sented a Par­lia­men­tary Me­mo­rial to a board of ex­am­in­ers, rep­re­sent­ing law makers in Par­lia­ment.

The ex­am­in­ers agreed that in­cor­rect data had been used as part of traf­fic as­sess­ments HS2 had made when look­ing at the im­pact con­struc­tion lor­ries will make on var­i­ous road junc­tions in the Chilterns when HS2 is be­ing built.

Be­cause of this, HS2 Ltd has amended fig­ures in the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments and the con­sul­ta­tion was ex­tended by a month to De­cem­ber 23, with new data in­cluded, to give peo­ple the chance to put for­ward their views based on the re­vi­sions.

Mr Glad­win said: “The de­tails showed that some im­por­tant junc­tions in

Year five pupils at Hawridge and Choles­bury CofE School had a ‘fan­tas­tic time’ out­side in the school’s wood­land area on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 3, find­ing out more about the Vik­ings with first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence.

They cooked flat­breads over an open camp­fire and chose what they would like to put into them.

An­other ac­tiv­ity in­cluded ex­ca­vat­ing pre­tend poo to find out whether it was from Vik­ing, Ro­man or Tu­dor times de­pend­ing on what they had eaten and the diet of peo­ple in those time pe­ri­ods.

The next ac­tiv­ity that chil­dren tried was to carve out an in­tri­cate pat­tern of cut­tle­fish that could then be used as a mould for melted metal to be poured into.

The chil­dren then got cre­ative when they had a go at shel­ter build­ing. South Bucks had not been in­cluded and in oth­ers the data was clearly in­cor­rect.

“For in­stance, HS2 iden­ti­fied there would be ma­jor con­ges­tion at the Lon­don End junc­tion with the A355 in Bea­cons­field, but gave no fig­ures re­gard­ing the next ma­jor junc­tion where the A355 meets with the A413 at Gore Hill in Amer­sham.

“When the pub­lic are in­vited to give their views on an im­por­tant con­sul­ta­tion like HS2, they have the right to ex­pect that the ba­sic in­for­ma­tion sup­plied to them to make a judge­ment is cor­rect.

“This has all the hall­marks of a rushed con­sul­ta­tion and a rushed job. Thou­sands of peo­ple who live and work in the Chilterns will be detri­men­tally af­fected by the con­struc­tion im­pacts of HS2 if it goes ahead.

“At the very least, they should be ac­cu­rately in­formed about what’s com­ing.”

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