Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
House of Commons, LONDON, SW1A 0AA
Date: Monday 29 October 2019
DAME CHERYL GILLAN MP, WELCOMES TODAY’S DECISION TO POSTPONE THE HS2 WORKS IN GREAT MISSENDEN
For the last few months Dame Cheryl has campaigned and lobbied ministers, government officials, Parliamentarians, HS2 and their contractors to postpone the works on the Link Road in Great Missenden until the outcome of the HS2 Oakervee Review became clear.
Today, HS2 has come to an agreement to push back the works on the Link Road until the first quarter of next year for a re-design on the entire works, in a fight to save as many trees as possible. The news came after Cheryl had held meetings with local campaigners, Councillors and HS2 raising the concerns of both the local residents and the businesses in Great Missenden.
Dame Cheryl welcomed this news, calling it ‘a sensible decision, as by February or March we should have the outcome of the Oakervee Review.’ She added that this means that there will be less disruption for the shops in the run up to the Christmas period which is so important for local businesses.
Dame Cheryl said, “For many years I have been campaigning against HS2 - raising my concerns on its impact on our environment and the traffic management implications in the constituency. I am pleased that HS2 have finally responded to some of our local concerns and listened to constituents on the immediate issues in Great Missenden.’
Dame Cheryl understands that the works on Frith Hill will continue and will be discussing these matters in more detail with Bucks County Council and HS2.
She added “ I want to say a great thankyou to our local Councillors and the community who have been campaigning to pause these works before they do lasting damage to Great Missenden. I hope that the Oakervee Report will show that this project is not good value for money for the taxpayer and then we can lift this blight on Buckinghamshire for the forseeable future.”