HS2 clo­sures will be dev­as­tat­ing

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAVID UP­COTT Ash­bur­ton Road, Ruis­lip

I WRITE with re­gards to your ar­ti­cle on road clo­sures caused by HS2-linked util­ity works (Gazette, June 10).

The ef­fect of these no go ar­eas will have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the chil­dren of the four schools di­rectly af­fected. Par­ents are ex­pected to en­sure that their chil­dren at­tend school ev­ery day ex­cept in the case of ill­ness and also to be on time.

If these roads are closed chil­dren will be fre­quently late or miss­ing school, un­der the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions this can re­sult in the par­ents be­ing fined for the breaches of school rules.

The ef­fect on the chil­dren will be far more dan­ger­ous ed­u­ca­tion­ally as well as psy­cho­log­i­cally.

Pupils hate any un­cer­tainly about schools and in some cases will be­come too fright­ened to go.

Par­ents should con­tact the Sec­re­tary of State for Ed­u­ca­tion re­port­ing this ir­re­spon­si­ble sit­u­a­tion cre­ated by HS2 and ask why this pri­vate com­pany is be­ing al­lowed to de­stroy their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

When HS2 was first formed they cre­ated spe­cial­ist groups for fi­nance, busi­ness and en­gi­neer­ing.

They were re­quested to also form a Med­i­cal and En­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ist group con­sist­ing of doc­tors and en­vi­ron­ment ad­vi­sors. This they to­tally re­fused to do, pre­sum­able be­cause they were ter­ri­fied of their find­ings.

This cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is ex­actly why they were so es­sen­tial. HS2 again show to­tal con­tempt for the schools, res­i­dents in these dan­ger­ous con­struc­tion zones let alone peo­ple just try­ing to get to work

There is no good rea­son this con­struc­tion work can­not be car­ried out fur­ther north along the line with­out any road clo­sures, it is just more con­ve­nient and cheaper for HS2 to choose this area

If they in­tend to carry on with

cava­lier at­ti­tude to­wards the public they will en­counter se­ri­ous and sus­tained re­sis­tance from the res­i­dents con­cerned. A ma­jor change in at­ti­tude by HS2 if the wish to con­tinue with­out ma­jor prob­lems.

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