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Community Vision Update – pop-in Friday for a chat and a cuppa…..

Workshop invitation open to all

The first of two sessions to gain further insight into the thoughts of local people of all ages and backgrounds regarding the Community Vision Update is this Friday,  between 2 to 8pm, 23 March, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE

Do pop in for a chat and a cuppa –  if you can’t make this Friday then you have a second opportunity on Friday 20 April, again between 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.

In the meantime, please do complete the on-line questionnaire.

For further information see previous news item.

Consultation closes 15 May 2018



HS2 Community Liaison Forum – Monday 26 March

Members of the public are invited to attend the HS2 Community Liaison Forum at the Chiltern District Council offices on Monday 26th March.  HS2 and their contractors will give a presentation on the current work programme and future plans for the local area.

This is an opportunity to hear directly from the contractors, to understand their approach to the work and to ask questions to the experts delivering the work on the ground.

When: Monday 26th March
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Chiltern District Council offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW

Please confirm your attendance via email to

Kind regards  –  HS2 Project Team | Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, Chiltern District Council, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW



HS2 Drop-in Event – Highway and Haul Road Design

Wednesday 28 February 2018 between 2 and 6 pm in Great Missenden Memorial Centre

A Drop-in Event being run by Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractors – plans for the construction of the HS2 Haul Road to run from the A413 up to the Chiltern Tunnel portal will be on display.

Designs will be shared with the community on proposed scheme of alterations to Link Road and the A413 roundabout as well as the A413 Frith Hill roundabout.  Staff will be on hand to talk to.

email:  Tel: 08081 434434  



HS2 Preliminary Works have started

Information from Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Councillor’s HS2 Lead Officer

Temporary Traffic Lights

Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractor, is installing temporary traffic lights towards the A413 end of the Link Road to operate between 10 am and 4pm for this week, ie. from Monday 29th January. The aim is to investigate the verge prior to widening the road, later in the year. 

Extension to two classrooms at Great Missenden School  

Preparatory work starts on the 9th February and main construction work from 23rd February to October on the classrooms with access from the Link Road across the Buryfield car park.  

Thanks – Cllr Mike Johnstone, GMPC



HS2 News from Bucks County Council


New £5m fund to create and restore woodlands

The first £1 million of the HS2 Woodland Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the
phase one route, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. You can
read more here. Continue reading HS2 News from Bucks County Council



HS2 – Amersham Action Group Information Event

HS2 – Amersham Action Group are holding an information event on November 17 .

HS2 Amersham Action Group is a community group formed by local people strongly opposed to the Government’s proposal to build the HS2 railway.  They have organised an Information Event on Friday 17 November from 2pm to 6pm at:

Chiltern District Council offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham HP6 5AW

For more information follow this link to HS2 Amersham Action Group



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



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



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



HS2 gives Bucks more promises


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]



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

“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



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  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.



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.



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


Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including 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



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 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