Green MEP Keith Taylor joins anti HS2 campaign in Great Missenden

Bucks Free Press: Keith Taylor MEP joined the anti HS2 campaign when he visited Great Missenden Keith Taylor MEP joined the anti HS2 campaign when he visited Great Missenden

A EURO MP joined the campaign against HS2 when he visited one of the villages that will be affected by the line on Friday.

Green MEP Keith Taylor heard from Great Missenden residents when he came to the village last week after the project's compensation scheme was announced.

If given the go-ahead HS2 would pass very close by to Great Missenden and residents are concerned at the negative impact it could have on them.

Cllr Seb Berry, the village's representative with Chiltern District Council who hosted Mr Taylor, said: "The Green party nationally is opposed to HS2, so it was very good to welcome Keith to Great Missenden.

"Keith was particularly interested in the negative economic as well as environmental impacts of the scheme. He saw for himself the impact of the Government's pathetic compensation proposals. 

"We also discussed the colossal amount of money being wasted on HS2 and how that would be better spent on genuinely green transport alternatives."

Meanwhile information sessions about the recently-announced compensation scheme will be taking place in the county - but Cllr Berry hit out at the location venues.

Roadshows will be held in Chalfont St Peter, Wendover and Stoke Mandeville, but Cllr Berry said it was 'astonishing' residents of vast areas of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would not be represented.

He said: "The omission of virtually the entire AONB from this roadshow is unacceptable, given the very large number of affected properties and the scale of the threat to our very special local environment.  

"HS2 Ltd still appear to be in a state of denial at the appalling implications of this scheme for people and businesses in the very heart of the AONB."

Events will be held at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre from 12-8pm on Monday November 26, Stoke Mandeville Stadium from 9am-5pm on Saturday December 15 and from 9am-5pm on Saturday January 12 at Wendover Memorial Hall.

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1:55pm Tue 13 Nov 12

kingsnewclothes says...

Interesting that it is a GREEN MEP that is against HS2. His party previously said the scheme was "environmentally and economically unsound". We can assume that the Greens know what they are talking about on the "environmental" point, but for the "economic" point I prefer to look to the Financial Times who described the scheme as a "Gargantuan Folly". At £ 40 BILLION it surely is.
Interesting that it is a GREEN MEP that is against HS2. His party previously said the scheme was "environmentally and economically unsound". We can assume that the Greens know what they are talking about on the "environmental" point, but for the "economic" point I prefer to look to the Financial Times who described the scheme as a "Gargantuan Folly". At £ 40 BILLION it surely is. kingsnewclothes

5:14pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Chiltonians says...

Typical kingsnewclothes ...not accuracy in statements. Perhaps you need to read the recent CPRE report on HS2 and carbon reduction to understand an intelligent view that HS2 could be a key component in carbon reduction strategy in the UK.

Also note that the Wildlife Trust, who also seem to know what they are talking about, are now reporting the HS2 could indeed deliver biodiversity gain!

And finally the cost of HS2 Phase 1 is £16.3bn including 40% optimism bias (thus the cost is just over £12bn). With phase 2 total cost of phase 1 and 2 is £32bn including optimism bias so the real total cost for HS2 is around £20bn.

Even with optimism bias the cost of HS2 during its construction will be a small £2bn a year as a result of how long it will take to construct.
Typical kingsnewclothes ...not accuracy in statements. Perhaps you need to read the recent CPRE report on HS2 and carbon reduction to understand an intelligent view that HS2 could be a key component in carbon reduction strategy in the UK. Also note that the Wildlife Trust, who also seem to know what they are talking about, are now reporting the HS2 could indeed deliver biodiversity gain! And finally the cost of HS2 Phase 1 is £16.3bn including 40% optimism bias (thus the cost is just over £12bn). With phase 2 total cost of phase 1 and 2 is £32bn including optimism bias so the real total cost for HS2 is around £20bn. Even with optimism bias the cost of HS2 during its construction will be a small £2bn a year as a result of how long it will take to construct. Chiltonians

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