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HS-2 Time To Learn The Lessons Of HS-1


5:47am 25th April 2012
(Updated 10:31am 25th April 2012)

Groups against the HS-2 plans say it's now time to look at the experience similar blighted communities have had in Kent during and after the construction of High Speed 1.

It comes as parish councillors in the area meet with Aylesbury Town Council with their latest thoughts about how smaller councils have any say on the future of the project.

Steve Rodrick from the Chilterns Conservation Board told Mix96 "There are things (Bucks communities affected by HS-2) can learn because Kent has had High Speed rail few years. Let's be honest that part of what we're afraid of is change. Given 20 or 30 years a lot of the scars will have healed. So the lesson from Kent is how well are those scars healing and which of those scars haven't healed at all."

Steve also says it's the fine detail they now need to gather: "For example, a threatened tree on proposed route may look like an ordinary tree - and is just a detail to the planners - but for us, for residents and local communities, it may have associations they will never know about.

We need to gather that all together and say this is important to us and why we want it to be protected."

Last week's HS2 summit at Aylesbury District Council's Oculus Building attracted more than one hundred individuals and groups from across Buckinghamshire.

On the day, the topic of Community Forums was high on the agenda, as was Benefit Cost Ratios, and HS2 Chief Executive Alison Munro was also there in the afternoon to answer questions.

If you want to see what happened - click HERE or watch Bucks County Council's video below:

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