27 Aug 2019
Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has welcomed the recently announced review into HS2 and has again highlighted its opposition to the project, that is already causing significant environmental damage to parts of Aylesbury Vale. AVDC is demanding that all enabling works cease until the review has been concluded and a Notice to Proceed is agreed
Immediately following confirmation that HS2 would be subject to a review Cllr Angela Macpherson, Leader of AVDC, wrote to both Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps reiterating the Council’s deep concerns and opposition to the project.
In her letter Cllr Macpherson said: “Buckinghamshire and Aylesbury Vale residents and communities have campaigned tirelessly for many years for government to rethink this project, which in our view has a fundamentally flawed business case, no gain to our communities, residents and businesses, and will cause long term, irreversible damage to our environment and wildlife”.
In her letter she also highlighted the eye-watering increase in the estimates for completing the HS2 project, which had risen from an initial target of £56 billion to in excess of £80 billion, and demanded that all enabling works cease immediately, until the review is concluded and not recommenced unless and until a Notice to Proceed is formally approved.