Protestors bring in ex­perts to help in cam­paign to save vil­lage from high speed line

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A CAM­PAIGN group is to present a pe­ti­tion to the House of Lords over the im­pact HS2 will have on their vil­lage.

Save St Giles met with HS2 rep­re­sen­ta­tives in June amid fears of the po­ten­tial dam­age the tun­nel depth could cause to the Mis­bourne River and Aquifer.

The group will de­liver the pe­ti­tion around Oc­to­ber time, along with ge­ol­o­gists who also met with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

A state­ment that has been re­leased to the vil­lage reads: “Save St Giles met with a team from HS2 Ltd in June in ad­vance of their pe­ti­tion to The House Of Lords against the pro­posed scheme.

“With the help of spe­cial­ist ad­vice from ge­ol­o­gists we walked the four HS2 Ltd rep­re­sen­ta­tives through the vil­lage and re­alised that this was the first time they had ac­tu­ally set foot in the com­mu­nity.

“We ex­pressed con­cerns about the tun­nel depth and po­ten­tial dam­age to the Mis­bourne River and aquifer. The HS2 Ltd team left with a clear sense of the com­mu­nity, the vil­lage and the con­cerns we have based on fac­tual ge­o­log­i­cal ev­i­dence in re­la­tion to the twin bore tun­nel.”

The Save St Giles cam­paign was launched in March to ‘ save’ the vil­lage from over de­vel­op­ment, over the fear that rapid de­vel­op­ment in the wrong ar­eas would fun­da­men­tally change the char­ac­ter of the vil­lage.

Vil­lagers cre­ated the group as a re­sponse to the emerg­ing joint lo­cal plan, which had sug­gested cer­tain ar­eas that should be put for­ward for de­vel­op­ment test­ing.

The pe­ti­tion reads: “The vil­lage and com­mu­nity of Chal­font St Giles have

se­ri­ous con­cern that HS2 Ltd is tun­nelling in the wrong place at a depth that is too shal­low to pro­tect the chalk stream river, aquifer, vil­lage and com­mu­nity as de­tailed be­low.”

It adds: “Save St Giles have con­sulted with ex­perts who have lo­cal knowl­edge, not only of the com­plex chalk beds un­der the River Mis­bourne but of the ge­o­log­i­cal make up of the ground on which our vil­lage sits.

“The qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence of these con­sul­tants is im­pres­sive.

“They have se­ri­ous and well founded con­cerns that HS2 are propos­ing to bore through ground at a depth that will re­sult in prob­lems rang­ing from the chalk stream per­ma­nently dry­ing up, pol­lu­tion of the aquifer that sup­plies drink­ing wa­ter to Lon­don and the risk of ground col­lapse/ flood­ing.”

Visit www.savest­giles. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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