Farmer fears HS2 sidings plan will ruin business

Geoff Brunt on his land in Nash Lee Road near Terrick
Geoff Brunt on his land in Nash Lee Road near Terrick
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A farmer is devastated after discovering new HS2 plans may make his land unworkable.

The original plans have been changed to include a maintenance loop at Nash Lee Farm, Terrick.

And proposals for a new road subsequently put forward by Stoke Mandeville Parish Council may make the rest of the land unworkable.

Farmer Geoff Brunt had the news confirmed at the HS2 roadshow in Wendover on Saturday, that in addition to the high speed rail line, his land will now house maintenance lines, a service road and car parking.

He said: “I’d heard a rumour that there was going to be something more than just the railway line going across our ground.

“The rumour turned out to be correct. The man from HS2 confirmed that this site has been chosen for a maintenance loop.

“It is not marked on any of the published maps and no one had written to me so that is why I had to go along.

“I was sick as a chip when he confirmed it was true. I feel angry about the whole thing because it is blighting the lives of everyone irrespective of whether your property is personally affected, because we will all be affected by it every day.”

Prior to the meeting Mr Brunt, who was born and has lived all his life in Terrick, believed only one corner of a grass field would be taken by HS2. Now it will ruin a valuable arable field as well.

He also fears a proposed new road may devastate the other two fields on the farm, effectively leaving small parcels of unworkable and uneconomical land.

He said: “The road changes may be even more disruptive than the railway line.”

Jenny Hunt, chairman of Stoke Mandeville parish council, confirmed they had approached Bucks County Council to discuss a possible road diversion because of the upheaval to the parish caused by HS2.

With three bridges and three construction sites currently planned for Stoke Mandeville she said: “We are in an horrendous situation, make no mistake about that.”

The parish council suggested diverting traffic from the A4010 at Terrick roundabout behind Nash Lee Road, to then re-join the A413 on a single carriageway.

Mrs Hunt said: “This is not confirmed, it’s just being discussed as an idea to help the insidious situation in Stoke Mandeville and it may give an element of protection to Nash Lee Road.

“Everybody is trying to see how they can mitigate the effects of HS2 on their population.”

A HS2 spokesman said the maintenance loop was first discussed at community forums in November.