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Aylesbury's MP to put pressure on HS2 Ltd.

Rob Butler says they need to communicate more with those affected by the project.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:37am 17th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury's MP to put pressure on HS2 Ltd.

More compensation for Buckinghamshire and a real answer on a mined tunnel past Wendover - That's what Aylesbury's MP is calling for.

It is nearly a week since HS2 was given the green light and Rob Butler says the work doesn't stop.

Rob is also calling for HS2 Limited to change the way they communicate with those affected by construction:

"People like farmers, who have farmed the same land from generation to generation, the way HS2 has behaved has been appalling.

"I think they recognise that themselves and I'm hopeful that now I have started to tell people right at the top 'this is the problem, get it sorted' that they will take it more seriously."

Rob Butler

One big issue has been landowners being paid on time once contractors turn up.

This is something we have seen in Steeple Claydon, for example.

The MP told us residents must be treated with respect by HS2:

"That means they must pay the compensation they owe, they cannot take possession of land without giving people the right money for it and making sure there is somewhere else for them to go, either for their home or their business.

"I've got people writing to me, week after week, saying 'you will not believe what they have done, again'.

"Or they haven't replied to the legitimate letters and enquiries that have been made or they haven't done what has been imposed on them legally."

Rob is also looking into the Wendover tunnel issue.

At the moment, there are not plans for a fully-mined tunnel past the town but it has long been argued this would be more cost-effective.

On their website, HS2 Limited say they aim to be 'a good neighbour every single day'.

You can find out more about what's happening where and what assistance is available if you're affected by the scheme here.

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