Still battling – but for damage limitation
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.”