Newsletter 65 - 14 June 2015

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM CHILTERN COUNTRYSIDE GROUP ON HS2 SELECT COMMITTEE VISITS TO THE CHILTERNS

Dear supporters,

HS2 SELECT COMMITTEE VISITED MP, DAVID LIDINGTON'S CONSTITUENCY ON THURSDAY LAST WEEK

On Thursday 11 June, members of the HS2 Select Committee, including the Chairman, Robert Syms, visited Wendover, where they also drove up to King's Ash to view the impact of the Wendover viaduct on the landscape of the Misbourne Valley, Coombe Hill, Stoke Mandeville, Hartwell House and Aylesbury.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU WERE ABLE TO JOIN THEIR TOUR AT ANY OF THE STOPPING POINTS.

The Committee was accompanied by David Lidington, District and County Councillors. It was the most beautiful summer morning so they saw the Chilterns clothed in its green beauty, experienced some of the deep narrow country lanes and tranquility and even encountered a tractor and trailer and cherry picker. There was an excellent turn out of folk, especially for a working day at such short notice. The Committee were left in no doubt of the great concerns held by residents at the grievous damage which the route as proposed will inflict upon communities and upon the landscape of the AONB.

ITV news' coverage can be viewed here: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-06-11/hundreds-turn-out-to-protest-about-hs2-high-speed-rail-link/

HS2 SELECT COMMITTEE VISIT TO MP, CHERYL GILLAN'S CONSTITUENCY ON MONDAY 22 JUNE

The second visit of the Committee to the Chilterns will be on Monday 22 June to Cheryl Gillan's constituency of Chesham and Amersham.

HS2 SELECT COMMITTEE VISIT TO MP, JOHN BERCOW'S CONSTITUENCY ON FRIDAY 26 JUNE

And finally, the third visit to the Chilterns will be on Friday 26 June to John Bercow's consitutency.

The itinerary for these 2 visits has yet to be confirmed so do check the Select Committee or the Member of Parliament's website regularly for this. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-commons/news-parliament-20151/100615-programme/

CHILTERN COUNTRYSIDE GROUP APPEARANCE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE JULY 2015

CCG has been called to appear before the HS2 Select Committee in July, although the precise date has yet to be confirmed. IT WILL NOT BE 14 JULY as listed in the provisional programme currently published on the Committee's website. We will let you know once confirmation has been agreed, but again, do keep checking that SC website.

You can read the Group's Petition on our website. We have received the Promoter's final Response Document (PRD) and are happy to provide further information on this if asked.

DO TRY TO MAKE AT LEAST ONE OF THE ABOVE DATES -

IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO THE IMPRESSION GIVEN TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

TO SEE HOW MUCH LOCAL PEOPLE CARE AND ARE WILLING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT.

Remember - Together, we give POWER to the message.

Best wishes to you all.

Steering Group/HS2 Working Party

Chiltern Countryside Group

www.chilterncountrysidegroup.org