PETITION TO FIGHT HS2
Protestors bring in experts to help in campaign to save village from high speed line
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.