COLUMN: HS2, it’s going to happen, and that’s bad news for many of our readers

HS2 stock image PNL-161002-115346001
HS2 stock image PNL-161002-115346001

I’m sure that many of our readers will be feeling pretty glum this week, following news that the HS2 rail project has been given the royal assent.

My sympathy goes out to all of you, and hope that you can take some comfort from the real community spirit that was all too evident in years of fighting against the scheme.

Content Editor Hayley O'Keeffe

Content Editor Hayley O'Keeffe

It really shows that there is a lot to be said for rallying round, and you did that in your droves - regardless of the outcome that is a wonderful thing.

Looking ahead, the fight for fair mitigation continues, and as a newspaper we will be here to help if and when you need us.

In other news wasn’t it great to see photographs from some fabulous community events this week? Congratulations to all who took part in either the Mix 96 Pancake Race on Tuesday, or the Come and Sing event at the weekend. I think that the mark of a thriving community is measured by how well attended and supported events like this are, and you always come out in force - I salute you!

Our lead letter in this week’s paper is a very sad one, a bereaved mum lamenting heartless thieves who stole an ornament of nothing more than sentimental value from her son’s graveside.

Somebody here has made a very serious and upsetting error - and mistakes of judgement in this case can be rectified. If you or a child you know took the ornament you can make amends, just return it as instructed - there is still time!

And what about that poor Watermead duck?! In the newsroom there was an inevitable barrage of potential puns when that story came in.

But it is actually very sad, and highlights the need to treat our open spaces and wildlife with the respect that they deserve. So we’ll lay off the puns for a happier wildlife story, which will hopefully be in the not to distant

future.

As spring approaches and the nights get lighter there is a real sense of hope in the air. And my hope is that you all have a very happy week ahead, and enjoy this edition of The Bucks Herald. You can email me at hayley.okeeffe@jpress.co.uk or call me on 01296 619745