Last week local MP David Lidington submitted two petitions on the issue of HS2 to the House of Commons.
One of the petitions was a joint petition with Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, which specifically called for an extended bored tunnel through the Chilterns AONB. The second petition covers wider constituency issues including compensation and traffic issues as well as specific mitigation requests for Dunsmore, Wendover Dean, Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury and Fairford Leys.
HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport must now decide whether to object to David’s petitions and if they do it will be up to the Select Committee set up to hear petitions to decide whether David’s petitions can be heard.
Although I have fought hard within government to present the case against HS2 and to bring my constituents’ concerns regarding the principle of the Scheme directly to the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Transport Ministers it also important to ensure that should HS2 go ahead the local area has the best possible mitigation and compensation measures in place.
My petitions include requests for mitigation that local people have told me they want to see put in place as well as a request for more generous compensation. The Select Committee will over the coming months begin to hear from petitioners and I hope than they will agree with me that changes need to be made to the proposed Scheme and accept the mitigation proposals local people have put forward.