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Lib Dems say HS2 must be held to account and meet obligations to local communities.

May 6, 2021 8:40 AM

The Chairman of Chesham & Amersham Liberal Democrats has issued a policy statement highlighting the party's continued commitment to mitigate the impact of HS2 on local communities affected by HS2. Walid Marzouk, Chairman of the local Lib Dem party has pushed to raise awareness of the critical importance of policy to mitigate the impact of HS2 at a national level within the Liberal Democrat party and also through local campaigning activity.

The local party position is :

'Where HS2 is breaching commitments, damaging the environment or failing to take measures to reduce climate change, the Liberal Democrats w

Walid Marzouk

Walid Marzouk, Chairman of the Chesham & Amersham Liberal Democrats

ill support and encourage mitigative campaigns and actions by local parties, ensure local consultation with Parish and Town Councils and residents' groups and call upon protesters and HS2 to avoid confrontation'.

Local residents, the majority of whom are vehemently opposed to the HS2 project, remain deeply concerned and frustrated about its prolonged and damaging impact on local surroundings and the environment. In a survey conducted by Chesham & Amersham Liberal Democrats, the impact of HS2 was one of the biggest priorities for local residents.

Despite this, HS2 and its contractors seem to be able to breach with impunity some commitments made to the Select Committee of MPs, failing to meet environmental requirements and acting without proper consultation or regard for the huge potential disruption to the locals' livelihoods in villages on or near the A413.

Despite controlling Buckinghamshire Council and all Town Councils, the vast majority of local Conservative councillors seem powerless to act, fearing censure from their national leaders.

Thanks to our action to block planning permission for the infamous Little Missenden roundabout, many Local residents now realise that the biggest opposition party in the constituency, the Liberal Democrats, are the ones fighting to mitigate the impact of HS2 and are getting results.

Supported by the results of our survey, Liberal Democrat Councillor Alan Bacon made his opposition clear at several meetings he attended and shared the full survey results with all local councillors, Buckinghamshire Council and Align, giving them no option but to refuse permission to build the temporary roundabout. Local residents and the Chair of a local parish called it miraculous that this was achieved.

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Lib Dems Alan Bacon, Mohammad Fayyaz, Paul Harding and Peter Jones at HS2 works at South Heath


Is HS2's disregard for local social and environmental concerns inevitable as the project ploughs on through our area? The Lib Dems believe not. Each time an animal habitat gets reported - forcing HS2 to protect it; or a plan for a roundabout gets changed due to local action, some of the potential impact is avoided. Every time local action causes a change in HS2's plans, we help ensure that the true cost of the project is better understood and accounted for, and that people's voices are truly heard.

Chesham & Amersham Lib Dems will continue to engage proactively with residents on the local impact of HS2. We are asking you to send us your feedback via this survey link so we can help publicise issues and campaign to keep holding HS2 to account.