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Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks

Chilterns Walking Festival
16 September – 1st October 2017

Prestwood & Heath End Councillor John Gladwin emailed us about the Chilterns Walking Festival.

As part of this Festival, the Chiltern Society has organised 3 circular walks to access the proposed route for HS2. These walks are free, but you need to book on-line and places are limited. Continue reading Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks

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More information on HS2

Message from Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead, Great Missenden Parish Councillor

Following Royal Assent, the local HS2 Engagement team have arranged two ‘drop-in’ information events with emphasis on property compensation schemes for local residents and to enable you to find out more about HS2 in your area.

 The events are planned for:

 – Wednesday 29th March 2.00 -7.00 pm at Ballinger Village Hall

 – Friday 31st March 1.30 – 8:00 pm at Wendover Memorial Hall

 HS2 Drop in event 29th March is the HS2 leaflet providing more details.

There will be other events arranged by the local councils and by HS2 Ltd to keep you informed of developments.

Cllr Mike Johnstone – HS2 Lead, GMPC

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Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Council’s HS2 Lead officer, has kindly supplied the following:

Subject to change: the granting of Royal Assent and detailed design plans  – Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

2017 End of January – Handover Hybrid Bill Directorate to the Construction Directorate;  finish ground investigation works; tender for main contract

Early February – Royal Assent tbc;

End of February – enabling works civil contractor (Fusion JV) to define the scope of prelimary works

March onwards – enabling works contractor to progress work on haul road, highways and open the vent shafts with further detail becoming available with their work plans

End June –  appoint main works civil contractors C1 and C2 (division is the north portal of the Chiltern tunnel)

End July – main contractors on-board

To July 2018  – Stage 1 – main contractor to design the scheme given cost and limits of deviation; continue enabling works

To November 2018 – Stage 2 – cost and sign off the scheme

2019  – End of April – all highways and enabling work should be completed

May/Spring – dig out of the portal

2025  12 months trial running of trains

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HS2 gives Bucks more promises

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With acknowledgement to Mix 96:

Buckinghamshire’s getting more out of HS2, to try and make things better for people living here when the line’s built.  After a whole load of negotiations, improvements HS2 will pay for include £80k to help traffic around Waddesdon, safety measures around Great Missenden and half a million just for cycle paths near the line in Wendover.

We already had a list of assurances from the group before, so this is on top of those.  The idea’s that these mitigation measures – as they’re known – will mean the train line won’t harm our environment and communities as much as originally thought.

So what have we got for our local area?

Measures include:

  • A commitment not to use the section of the A40 between junction 5 of the M40 and A40/A4010 for construction traffic.
  • HS2 to deliver 450m of footpath on the A413 London Road, Wendover connecting residents of London Road to the current footpath near the London Road roundabout.
  • A mitigation package for Great Missenden:  Safety measures including the upgrading of the roundabouts at Link Road and Frith Hill and a safety barrier for the skate park; a £500,000 contribution to the new coach and car park at Great Missenden Church of England Combined School; £500,000 worth of temporary landscaping; £250,000 towards replacement free-car parking in the village.
  • Wendover public realm enhancements: HS2 to undertake early tree planting; up to £500,000 towards cycle improvements on the A413 to the north and south of Wendover.

‘Like pulling teeth’

The mitigation was secured after intense negotiations with HS2 Ltd in the days running up to Buckinghamshire County Council leader Martin Tett’s appearance at the House of Lords last week.

Martin said he was proud of the way the county had worked with district, town and parish councils to present a convincing case for extra mitigation.

He said:

“Securing mitigation from HS2 Ltd can quite frankly feel like pulling teeth, so winning this new package of measures, which will make a real difference to local residents, is a testament to the hard work of the County Council and its partners.

“I’ve made no secret of my opposition to this vanity project – and it would be far better if the Government stopped at the £2bn it has already wasted on HS2 without a single piece of track being laid, rather than spend a further £53bn on it.

“The decision to expand Heathrow makes the case for HS2 even weaker, as the line was originally justified as an alternative to the third runway.”

What now?

There are three key mitigation measures which have not yet been agreed, although it is hoped the House of Lords will decide to recommend them.

These are a fully bored tunnel for Wendover, the relocation of the haul road for Great Missenden and surrounding villages and mitigation to reduce the impact of construction vehicles in Iver.

Local parish councils will appear in front of the House of Lords Select Committee over the next few weeks to make their case for further mitigation.     Mix 96

[Great Missenden Parish Council are due to present on 8 November]

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HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

Crucial that you lobby our MP, Cheryl Gillan,  Martin Tett, Bucks County Council and HS2 Ltd

(direct contact details below)

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group   http://www.gmprg.org.uk/

“Dear All,        You may not be aware of the latest proposals made by HS2 Ltd with regard to Great Missenden which will also greatly impact on the residents of Prestwood who pass through en route to work, local schools, hospitals etc.

“HS2 is proposing to push ahead with its plans for the current Haul Road site off the Link Road roundabout at Great Missenden,  [see previous news item last November to see the effects that this is expected to have on Prestwood] whilst suggesting  “mitigation” which would include widening the Link Road from two to three lanes, with the accompanying loss of the 20 short-term car parking spaces on the Link Road adjacent to Buryfield.   So HS2’s “solution” for Great Missenden is more tarmac and less parking.

“Despite agreeing to an assurance with Bucks County Council in January to develop an alternative Haul Road site, [see PVA’s news item in January 2016] the promoter has failed to provide the full life-cycle costs promised within 28 days of the assurance agreement.   Without this baseline information, it is extremely difficult for Bucks County Council to develop an alternative, bearing in mind that the agreement also requires them to foot any additional bill. Continue reading HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

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HS2 Latest

The House of Lords Select Committee has set out its hearing programme from 7 – 9 June;  all are  Locus Standi challenges.

Eight  MPs with constituencies directly and specially affected by the proposed route for Phase 1 of HS2  have joined together to write to the House of Lords regarding the latest petitioning process in that House.  The letter is attached.

Bucks County Council’s petition response document is available here.    It may well take some time to upload as it is 56 pages long.

HS2 Alerts

If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden  email andreapolden@icloud.com  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.

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HS2 Bill in the House of Lords – petitioning

Update – 5 April 2016 – Mike Johnstone of Great Missenden Parish Council has kindly supplied two documents to help you petition the House of Lords by the deadline of 5pm on 18 April. 

HL Generic Template petition for GM parish

Petitioning guidance April 2016

Update from the Bucks County Council HS2 Team on 2 April:

A reminder that the deadline for petitioning the House of Lords is 5pm on 18 April.   Four community events have been organised including one in Aylesbury on 5th April and on 12th April at the CDC offices in Amersham.   For further information and how to book a seat see  20160401 E update 1 April 2016.

Message from Great Missenden Parish Council  (24 March 2016):

In the House of Commons, an extension to the Chiltern Tunnel to South Heath was won; it is now time to take the fight to the House of Lords Select Committee and ask for a longer tunnel. Continue reading HS2 Bill in the House of Lords – petitioning

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HS2 concedes more mitigation measures to Bucks

Hard-won concessions came on Wednesday (20 January) in an eleventh hour offer from HS2 Ltd, when Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) was back in front of the Commons HS2 Select Committee.

The County Council, working with district and parish councils, made submissions to the Select Committee in October, which won mitigation measures for damage and disruption the high-speed rail line is expected to cause.    These included flood alleviation and monitoring measures, rights-of-way changes, school and public transport concessions, a pledge to recycle 95% of construction, demolition and excavation waste, and the removal of two controversial spoil dump sites from the plan.

Two major issues dominated the eleventh-hour negotiations and were particularly tough to reach agreement on, one being:

Local communities in Great Missenden and Prestwood expressed their concerns to the council about the proposal to provide a haul road for construction traffic from the Link Road roundabout on the A413.   The council asked that an alternative haul road be provided further north.   HS2 Ltd has agreed to this, subject to the council securing the necessary consents and that any alternative proposal doesn’t increase the cost.

See here  for last news item reported by PVA on this.

Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the hard work to achieve this.

There are three information releases related to this that you can download and open below:

The documents have come from Bucks County Council.

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Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

Deadline to petition re HS2 changes via Parliament gone…BUT you still have an opportunity to respond to this consultation, by 27 November

Background

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

The deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally) on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 has now closed ie. Friday 13th November. You’ll recall we sent out an ALERT following our latest news item being posted, on 8th November.

Despite the short time window to petition individually, ie. from latest info update supplied by HS2Ltd on 30 October with individual petitioning closing on 13 November, you can still make your voice heard by Friday 27 November. Here’s the response form to complete: SES3 Consultation Response Form

How Prestwood may be affected

Now that it has been agreed to extend the tunnel to the west side of South Heath by an extra 2.6km (AP4), a Chiltern Tunnel North Portal Access Road will be constructed off the Gt Missenden Link Road Roundabout on the A413. Continue reading Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

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13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.

We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below)  closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November. This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below.
At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November. 

AP4 Petition

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November.  If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

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HS2 Select Committee Visit Bucks for a Second Time

REPA Press Release – 12 August 2015

In a whistle stop visit to Bucks on Monday 10 August, the three new members of the HS2 Select Committee came to see and hear first hand about the impact of HS2. The visit was planned to a tight timescale, with one designated community stop in the Chiltern’s area and other shorter stops. But such was the strength of feeling and impact of HS2 on people’s lives, hundreds turned out to try and see the Committee at every point where the coach had a planned stop, however brief.

The trip was already behind schedule when it arrived at Kings Ash, as the MPs had spent more time than planned hearing about people’s concerns at Wendover. Many people turned out at Kings Ash to explain their worries about the viaduct and the need for a long tunnel under the AONB. Those involved however appreciated the unscheduled time that the MPs allowed them.  Continue reading HS2 Select Committee Visit Bucks for a Second Time

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Urgent Action Required by HS2 Petitioners – Friday 21 August Deadline!

Posted on behalf of HS2 Action Alliance

The HS2 Select Committee will be hearing petitions in September and October from petitioners living in the Chilterns, including many in the Chesham & Amersham parliamentary constituency.

If you submitted a HS2 petition to Parliament back in 2014 please note the following:

  • you must contact David Walker of Winckworth Sherwood, by August 21st if you wish to appear before the HS2 Select Committee.
  • if you contact him, he will let you know the date it is proposed for you to appear (if you don’t know this). If this date is not convenient, you can ask him for an alternative date that suits you.
  • if you do not get in touch with him by August 21st you will lose your chance to change dates and you will be required to appear on a date selected by the Select Committee.
  • if you prefer, you can group together with other people who have submitted petitions – for example friends or neighbours who live in your area and who have petitioned. Again you must tell David Walker by August 21st if you wish to do this. Continue reading Urgent Action Required by HS2 Petitioners – Friday 21 August Deadline!
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Latest update from BCC HS2 Team

Select Committee update

The HS2 Select Committee has this week heard the substantive case for the Chilterns Long Tunnel proposed by the Buckinghamshire Councils. These presentations have been led by Chiltern District Council and The Chilterns Conservation Board. As well as this, on Tuesday 14 July, The Chiltern Society, Halton Parish Council, Wendover Parish Council, The Wendover Society and Wendover HS2 presented to the Committee on the extended tunnel. Next week the Select Committee will be hearing from The Chiltern Ridges HS2 Action Group (CRAG) and the Residents Environmental Protection Association (REPA) who will each present further options for an extended Chilterns Tunnel.

The Select Committee has also published a draft schedule for September and October which will see individual petitioners on an extended Chilterns Tunnel appear.  Continue reading Latest update from BCC HS2 Team

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