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HS2 work to start in Great Missenden despite protest.

HS2 work to start in Great Missenden despite protest.

Published by Mix96 News at 2:26pm 11th October 2019.

HS2 works are going ahead in Great Missenden despite the project being reviewed and the council asking for them to stop..

Bucks County Council formally asked HS2 Ltd to cease the works at Great Missenden until the results of the national independent review are made public.

Chesham MP Cheryl Gillan, The Chilterns Conservation board and other councillors also wrote and requested a stop to the works, as well as a petition with 3,000 signatures being handed in.

Despite all these protestations, the County Council were told on Thursday (10 Oct) that the works would go ahead, as directed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The work in Great Missenden is due to start on Tuesday 15th October.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said:

“We pressed the Government to cease HS2 preliminary works in the county pending the outcome of the Oakervee review, and we also urged a stop to the works in Great Missenden.

"I’m very disappointed our requests have fallen on deaf ears.”

Great Missenden Parish Council in a statement said:

"In spite of protestations from local councillors, residents and businesses the roadworks are to continue unchanged with the felling of some mature trees, regardless of whether the Oakervee review decides to support the continuation of the HS2 project or not.

In September, HS2 Ltd and their contractors, Fusion, sent a letter to local residents and businesses in Great Missenden informing them of the  roadworks.  They also invited residents and businesses to an information event on 3 October.

More than 300 people attended that event to express their views and concerns about the works and fears that the one way traffic management system, which will be in place for around 17 weeks, would cause major congestion in the area. 

There was also concern that widening works on Link Road would mean that a number of mature trees would have to be cut down to facilitate the work, and at a time when the Government is undertaking a 'go' or 'no go' review of the whole HS2 project.

 

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