More time to consider impact of HS2 on the environment
Incorrect data used to assess traffic and some important junctions not included
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.”