Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan is contacted by The Clerk of the HS2 Select Committee

I have been contacted by the Clerk of the HS2 Select Committee on the visit by the new three Committee members to Chesham and Amersham on 10 August. Unfortunately, the bus could not visit all scheduled stops owing to a shortage of time, but the Clerk has devised a filming opportunity for those who missed out at Bury Farm. His email is as follows:

 

In essence, the Committee arranged one community stop, so that the programme would be manageable, although accepting that there would inevitably be some delays. We were only 10-15 minutes behind when leaving Wendover. By the time we were due to go to Bury Farm, however, having spent a long time at Wendover Dean, we were more than an hour later and were running into problems not only around the legality of the driver’s working hours but the means to get two Committee members from the North-West back to their homes at something approaching the right side of midnight.

I do understand why feelings ran high about this, but I hope you can to some extent accept that what occurred was not because of a wish to miss people out, but, quite the contrary, because the Committee spent longer than expected with people in non-scheduled community stops. I should say that the Committee members who attended the visit were most upset not to see everything scheduled, and about the disappointment among those at Bury Farm.

The current intention, depending on feasibility (but I am fairly confident that it should be possible) is for myself and petitioner representatives to film the Bury Park site in the light of the yet to be fully published plans for the revised tunnelling engineering, and to show that to the Committee before the relevant petitions are heard. The filming should be an opportunity to repeat the signposting of where the portal and cutting will be. If that does not prove possible we will look at some other options.