Politicians back lobbying against HS2 bill


Bucks councillors have this week backed petitioning against HS2 in Parliament.

Councillors at Bucks County Council today unanimously voted to oppose the HS2 hybrid bill at the next stage of the process.

It follows a decision by cabinet members at Aylesbury Vale District Council on Monday to do the same, although they will still have to have a full council vote on the motion.

The resolution means the councils will petition against the bill, essentially the planning application for the £50 billion project, in a bid to get mitigation to reduce the negative impact of the line, which would cut through Aylesbury Vale.

They should also get a chance to present their case in front of select committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords after the second reading of the bill, a date for which is yet to be announced.

County council leader Martin Tett said: “The council’s resolution enables us to continue to oppose HS2, which if it goes ahead will have a truly devastating impact on Buckinghamshire’s environment, towns and economy.

“But we must also work to mitigate its effects as far as possible, should it be built.

“Today, by unanimously passing this motion, we are sending out a clear message to the Government that we are determined to obtain the very best outcome for our county, as well as reassuring our residents that we are fully on their side.”