In­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner needed for HS2 role

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

HS2 Ltd is on the look out for a com­mis­sioner to im­par­tially in­ves­ti­gate any is­sues or prob­lems which arise dur­ing con­struc­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial rail line.

The pro­ject, which is due to be­gin con­struc­tion on phase one be­tween Lon­don and Birm­ing­ham next year, will plough through parts of Buck­ing­hamshire, in­clud­ing the Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty.

How­ever, HS2 Ltd says it will bring “huge ben­e­fits” to the coun­try, link­ing up the UK’s big­gest cities and pro­vid­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits. The com­pany says it wants to make sure that any com­plaints aris­ing from its con­struc­tion work are in­ves­ti­gated and me­di­ated fairly, and there­fore need to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner role.

HS2 Ltd’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jim Craw­ford said: “We want to be a good neigh­bour through­out the time we build this vi­tal new rail net­work.

“A code of con­struc­tion prac­tice will also be put in place as we look to min­imise dis­rup­tion to lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

“But if there

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are any prob­lems we want peo­ple to be re­as­sured that there is an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner they can look to for ad­di­tional help.”

HS2 Ltd says that it has started the re­cruit­ment process for the role, and that the suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be an­nounced shortly.

HS2 will be hold­ing an­other com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion event in Chal­font St Peter next month. The event is an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to find out more about the plans, ask ques­tions, see maps and talk to ex­perts in en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The event will take place on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 13 be­tween 11am and 4pm at Chal­font St Peter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Gravel Hill.

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