Still bat­tling – but for dam­age lim­i­ta­tion

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HS2

De­spite the set back, cam­paign­ers have ral­lied round and promised to pro­tect as much of Bucks as they can af­ter the project was given the green light last week.

Frank Par­tridge of Den­ham Against HS2 said: “It’s a huge dis­ap­point­ment, although it was in­evitable.

“Now the em­pha­sis is switch­ing from try­ing to stop HS2 to mak­ing sure that we get max­i­mum mit­i­ga­tion for the Colne Val­ley as a whole.

“It’s go­ing to be the best part of 10 years of con­struc­tion so every­body’s a bit glum about the prospect.

“Our work is not done by any means and we’re press­ing HS2 on all sorts of mat­ters.

“We’re de­ter­mined to min­imise the im­pact for the years ahead.

“Build­ing a rail­way that not that many peo­ple want is a com­plete and ut­ter waste of money.” Get-

HS2 Ac­tion Al­liance di­rec­tor Hi­lary Wharf said: “I’m quite sure it will be a white ele­phant. The ar­gu­ments for not do­ing it have got stronger but the gov­ern­ment’s will has also got stronger.

“I think that what’s im­por­tant is to en­sure they do the mit­i­ga­tion they say they will to pro­tect peo­ple. Peo­ple have got to live with it right on top of them and the enor­mity of the con­struc­tion peried daunt­ing.

“It’s soul de­stroy­ing. [HS2] need to be held to ac­count. One has to work with HS2 be­cause if one doesnt it’s go­ing to be a recipe for ever worse rela- tions. It isn’t over un­til the fat lady sings.”

Iso­bel Darby, of Chal­fonts No to HS2, said: “My favourite phrase would be re­luc­tant ac­cep­tance.

“We fought a good fight, first to stop it hap­pen­ing and then to en­sure we got good mit­i­ga­tion for Chal­font St Peter.

“I don’t think there’s any more ac­tion group stuff to be done, it’s now more see­ing how the as­sur­ances will be car­ried out and en­sur­ing that mit­i­ga­tion can be as good as it pos­si­bly can.”

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