Thousands attend HS2 rally in Great Missenden

Bucks Free Press: HS2 rally attracts thousands but not the PM HS2 rally attracts thousands but not the PM

RESIDENTS campaigning against High Speed Two were disappointed not to see the Prime Minister at the rally in Great Missenden yesterday, after he was in the area the night before.

David Cameron went to the Great Missenden C of E Combined School's Fireworks Display on Saturday night and when spotted by one of the children was given an invitation to the rally held at Buryfields at 2pm, organised by HS2 Action Alliance.

About two thousand people gathered to hear the latest developments in the Government's proposals to build a high speed line from London to Birmingham and listen to speakers including MPs Cheryl Gillan and David Lidington.

A play by the Great Missenden schoolchildren stole the show and Mrs Gillan said it should be taken to Westminster.

Buckinghamshire county councillor Martin Tett said:”I am told David Cameron was actually here last night in Great Missenden. I came to the fireworks display. He actually saw how beautiful the area is. He was handed an invitation by one of the children- inviting him to come today.

“What he would have seen is the strength of feeling shown by everybody here and all the thousands who couldn't make it here today. I really think he should have been here to hear the strength of feeling.”

Speaking afterwards MP for Aylesbury David Lidington said: “I don't think the Prime Minister is in any doubt about the strength of feeling. I think he is aware of that and I am sure that people will be letting him know.”

The preferred route would cut through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Buckinghamshire.

Chesham and Amersham MP Mrs Gillan said the community need to all work together to make a robust case against the proposals.

She added: “What is the point of calling this area an area of outstanding natural beauty and then building a High Speed Rail across the Chilterns- across the widest part.”

David Lidington said: “The rally today is a powerful demonstration of the depth of public opposition throughout the length of this route to what is being proposed, and quite rightly. “

He said they are coming towards a crucial stage which will be followed by a public consultation which will start very early on.

In 2011 He said they need to make a strong case against it using professional people. He added: “We must stand together in trying to ensure that the landscape we see around is today is preserved for the next generation.”

Hilary Wharf from HS2 Action Alliance spoke about the progress of the group. They said they have been working on the compensation and business case but she said they need money to keep the campaign going.

Shirley Judges from the Chiltern Conservation Board, John Gladwin, from the Chiltern Society, Felicity Simpson and Edward Ward also spoke. Go to www.hs2actionalliance.org for details.

The noise of the train was played to the audience, but due to health and safety reasons, they could not play it at full volume.

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1:44pm Mon 8 Nov 10

miccles says...

Well by the looks of the picture, a majority of those people won't be around when and if it comes to life.


Still gave the poor souls something to do on a Sunday.
Well by the looks of the picture, a majority of those people won't be around when and if it comes to life. Still gave the poor souls something to do on a Sunday. miccles
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3:42pm Mon 8 Nov 10

Katep says...

miccles wrote:
Well by the looks of the picture, a majority of those people won't be around when and if it comes to life.


Still gave the poor souls something to do on a Sunday.
What did you do on Sunday? Sit in the pub? Watch some useless reality tv? Football? A real man's game! But then if you live in Downley you don't have to worry because it doesn't affect you does it? Of course your money will go towards paying for it and it won't be stopping in Downley.

There was an eloquent, intelligent teenager on that platform concerned about the damage to the countryside not just poor souls looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon.

It was a superb meeting and great to see so many people young and old supporting the campaign to stop this useless and costly'white elephant' If the government have money to spend then they should spend it on things that are far more important.

Well done Rebecca Cain for brilliant reporting as usual.
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: Well by the looks of the picture, a majority of those people won't be around when and if it comes to life. Still gave the poor souls something to do on a Sunday.[/p][/quote]What did you do on Sunday? Sit in the pub? Watch some useless reality tv? Football? A real man's game! But then if you live in Downley you don't have to worry because it doesn't affect you does it? Of course your money will go towards paying for it and it won't be stopping in Downley. There was an eloquent, intelligent teenager on that platform concerned about the damage to the countryside not just poor souls looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon. It was a superb meeting and great to see so many people young and old supporting the campaign to stop this useless and costly'white elephant' If the government have money to spend then they should spend it on things that are far more important. Well done Rebecca Cain for brilliant reporting as usual. Katep
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2:25pm Thu 11 Nov 10

Windsorian says...

The Wendover HS2 website only refers to serveral hundred people attending this protest ralley, whilst the BFP claims several thousand.
Is someone telling porkies as to how many were present ???
The Wendover HS2 website only refers to serveral hundred people attending this protest ralley, whilst the BFP claims several thousand. Is someone telling porkies as to how many were present ??? Windsorian
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