9 Jun 2015
Aylesbury Vale residents fighting HS2 will put their cases to MPs who will visit the district for the first time this week.
Members of the HS2 Select Committee are touring part of the district on 11 June to see for themselves how phase one of the £50 billion high speed rail link will impact residents and businesses.
As part of their considerations of the HS2 Bill going through Parliament, the Select Committee will be accompanied by various HS2 Ltd staff, local councillors, council officers and experts.
They will spend the day touring the area by coach meeting petitioners and other local residents and affected parties at various locations including Booker Park School and the Fairford Leys Centre in Aylesbury and St Mary’s Church in Wendover.
Aylesbury Vale District Council is petitioning on the Hybrid Bill, which effectively gives HS2 Limited the powers to construct and operate the high speed rail project, and will also give evidence before the Select Committee.
Councillor Carole Paternoster, AVDC Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “As a district council we are committed to getting the best deal we can for Aylesbury Vale. This means reducing the impact of the route, getting timely compensation for residents and securing any economic benefits there are for the district. This is an opportunity for the people making the decisions to not only see for themselves the impact HS2 will have on Aylesbury Vale’s landscape and communities – but to hear directly from those affected most too.”
If built, the first phase of the HS2 train line from London to Manchester will cut through Buckinghamshire, particularly affecting residents in the likes of Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Quainton, Steeple Claydon, Calvert and Twyford.
The district council’s petition document can be found in the HS2 section.