HS2 clear­ance of na­ture re­serve land

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - SARAH GREEN Iver Lane Cow­ley Uxbridge

I AT­TENDED the HS2 In­for­ma­tion Day at Ick­en­ham Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day 8th March.

I took along copies of HS2 own maps which show a much larger area of the Colne Val­ley away from the main viaduct that is coloured pink, in­di­cat­ing the ex­tent of land needed in the con­struc­tion. Two ex­perts, Martin Wells, Pe­ti­tions Man­ager and Jonathan Camp­bell, En­vi­ron­ment, con­firmed that in­deed the maps do show land clear­ance in Hare­field Place Na­ture Re­serve and for long sec­tions on both sides of the Grand Union Canal, for util­i­ties re-rout­ing and ac­cess of heavy equip­ment.

Th­ese are only two of the sites out­lined on the maps and rep­re­sent hun­dreds of trees be­ing felled along with de­struc­tion of nu­mer­ous wildlife habi­tats.

Can this re­ally be go­ing on un­der our noses, be­ing paid for by tax pay­ers’ money and money the Govern­ment does not have? The Colne Val­ley is the most boun­ti­ful area of bio­di­ver­sity within the M25, a net­work of rivers, lakes and canals, this flood plain is a wildlife cor­ri­dor and acts as the green lungs of Lon­don. If you don’t know this area, walk north along the canal tow­path from the Swan and Bot­tle, Ox­ford Road, Uxbridge and visit the sheer beauty of na­ture on our doorstep. Must be seen, maybe we can save it.

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