Green tunnel concession, but village still blighted

THE Bucks village of Turweston has gained a small concession in the HS2 plans announced this week, in the form of a 100m green tunnel.

But it’s not enough to mitigate the impact of the line says the Turweston Action Group, which has vowed to go on fighting the development.

Turweston HS2 route.From the left,Turweston Action Group members,Sue Howes,David Richards,Hazel Morrison,Judy Swadling and John Tilley.'120111M-A134

Turweston HS2 route.From the left,Turweston Action Group members,Sue Howes,David Richards,Hazel Morrison,Judy Swadling and John Tilley.'120111M-A134

Chairman of the parish council David Richards told the Advertiser: “It’ll have a landscaping impact but 100m of tunnel won’t have any noise impact.”

“It won’t help the properties that back on to it,” added parish councillor Hazel Morrison

The line will slice a corner off the village’s Diamond Jubilee Playing Field which, ironically, is due to be adopted in perpetuity as an outdoor recreational space by Fields In Trust as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

“We’re going to be affected massively around the whole area,” said Mr Richards. He said every home in the village is blighted by the development.

“The only property to my knowledge that’s been sold since the announcement has been bought by the government,” he said.

Sue Howes will lose her beloved bungalow, which is directly in the line’s path.

She said: “Nobody told us, apart from a neighbour who said: ‘Have you seen they’ve drawn a line through your house?’

“It’s heartbreaking. We’ve lived here 25 years and we planned to live out the rest of our days here. Every tree and every bush is what we planted. Our pets are buried here. I dug the pond myself.

“It’s just unbelievable that a government that says it wants to protect the countryside is going to dig a hole through it and fill it up with concrete.”

Ian and Christine Con are set to lose both the home they built 10 years ago and the equine business they have built up since the 1980s.

“It just about finishes us off altogether,” said Mr Con.

Action groups up and down the line are now planning their next move.