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HS2 mitigation blueprint passed by cabinet

Martin Tett

Martin Tett

A mitigation blueprint to get the best deal for Buckinghamshire residents should HS2 be given the go-ahead was given the green light by the cabinet yesterday.

The range of measures are designed to work together to lessen some of the impacts of a high speed rail line running through the county.

The requests include a new country park in the north of Aylesbury Vale and a relief road for Waddesdon.

Bucks County Council leader Martin Tett said: “If the Government pushes ahead with this flawed scheme it will change the landscape of the county forever.

“The Buckinghamshire local authorities, together with many other stakeholders remain bitterly opposed to the principle of this scheme and our arguments are well rehearsed and documented.

“However, we must also be realistic about the Government steamrollering this project through and therefore a robust mitigation plan is essential for us to fight for the best deal for local residents.

“In our view, these ‘asks’ are clear and reasonable and represent a small price for the Government to pay in the grand scheme of things.

“As currently planned, HS2 represents scandalously poor value for money for every single taxpayer in the country.

“This, combined with the potential of no proper mitigation, represents a double whammy for Buckinghamshire’s residents.

“I am determined to fight for the best local outcomes if it comes to the worst and this scheme goes ahead.”

The blueprint, along with the Buckinghamshire councils’ response to the Government’s recent environmental statement consultation, will be delivered to Downing Street by Martin Tett on February 27.

 

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