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£10,000 set aside by town council for cost of putting HS2 petition through Parliament

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A total of £10,000 has been allocated by Aylesbury Town Council for the cost of putting a HS2 petition through Parliament.

In last night’s meeting, clerk Keith Gray confirmed that the cash had been set aside to cover the costs of submitting the petition against the high speed rail network, including paying the parliamentary agent, but that it would be unlikely to swallow up the whole amount.

He said: “I would be disappointed if it came to that much. It may only come to a few thousand.”

Councillors voted unanimously for the decision and discussed the points which should be raised on the petition, speaking of their particular concern for the residents living in the Hawkslade, Fairford Leys and Walton Court area, where the line will run closest.

Cllr Mark Winn, of Bedgrove ward, said: “I think triple glazing and air conditioning should be considered as a mitigation for the disruption it will cause residents, especially during the summer months. They’ll want to sleep with the window open but won’t be able to because of the noise.”

Other councillors voiced concerns over the impending traffic problems in the town centre once construction begins, fearing congestion could drive away business and visitors as seen during the Arla mega-dairy construction. They agreed that the petition would include a request for an upgrade to the town’s current road network.

Cllr Niknam Hussain of the Elmhurst Ward said: “We want to ensure the best deal for the residents of Aylesbury. We can’t allow for their voices to get lost in the herd.

“AVDC and Bucks County Council have their own ideas of what they want to achieve, but we’ve got to ensure we’re not butting our heads against a brick wall.

“We have the desire, the will and the power to achieve the best deal in mitigation for the people of out town.”

Chosen parliamentary agent Marcus Rogers stressed that all local authorities have between only April 29 to May 16 to submit their final petition to the government.

 

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