29 September 2010
Society’s first formal HS2 submission
The first in a series of evidence-based papers which the Chiltern Society is presenting to the Government as part of its campaign to against HS2 crossing the Chilterns has been published.
It is a paper by Alison Doggett, an acknowledged expert on the area and co-author of the definitive book about the region, The Chilterns. She is a trustee of the Chiltern Society and Head of Geography at Berkhampstead School.
The paper, which is also being sent to all MPs and other decision makers, establishes the Chilterns as a long-standing natural region with a unique cultural heritage. It is ancient countryside with a strong sense of place, despite pressure from all sides. The special characteristics of its woodlands, farms and settlements combine together in a way that is not found anywhere else and it is important that the responsibility for preserving the cultural heritage of this beautiful area is understood.
A number of other evidence-based submissions will follow in the coming months.
12 September 2010
Walkers show their opposition
Eighty protestors took part in an eight mile walk along the proposed preferred route of HS2 between Amersham and Great Missenden on Saturday 11 September.
Numbers had to be restricted in the Chiltern Society-organised walk because of health and safety reasons, but a shorter two mile walk attracted nearly 100 others.
The walk attracted extensive publicity and support – it coincided with an HS2 information day in Great Missenden – and it was such a success that future walks are being planned.
2 September 2010
Protest walk on route of HS2
A protest walk against High Speed 2 travelling through the Chilterns is being held along its proposed route through the Misbourne Valley on 11 September.
The sponsored walk, organised by the Chiltern Society, will start at Amersham Station and follow the route to Great Missenden Station – a total of nearly eight miles.
It’s been held to highlight the impact the High Speed 2 would have on the valley if it is built.
Organiser Jim Rodda said: “Only by walking the route can you truly appreciate the utter devastation HS2 would bring, and realise not only the horrendous visual impact it will have but how the noise from these enormous trains would carry over the valley.”
Most of the walk is on public rights of way, but Mr Rodda has obtained permission from private landowners where the route crosses private land.
Walkers are being asked to be sponsored to raise money for the Chiltern Society’s fighting fund against HS2. The Society is preparing an evidence-based case against HS2 across the Chilterns and is raising cash for a major publicity campaign in the autumn.