HS2 clearance of nature reserve land
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.