HS2 objections are laid out by Three Rivers politicians

Watford Observer: HS2 objections are laid out by Three Rivers politicians HS2 objections are laid out by Three Rivers politicians

Three Rivers politicians have responded to the government’s consultation on HS2 outlining their objections to the project.

The district council, which is one of 51 councils against the HS2 project, discussed the High Speed 2 (HS2) consultation at an extraordinary executive meeting on Tuesday night.

HS2 is proposed to run from London Euston through an 8.4-mile tunnel to Ruislip, before continuing over ground to the Colne Valley in the London Borough of Hillingdon, directly adjacent to Three Rivers.

As well as the long-term changes to the Three Rivers area, the district is also proposed to host an extensive operations hub during the construction phase.

Three Rivers is the only district authority within Hertfordshire with HS2 designed to be routing through it.

In officers reports submitted to the council, they explained: "It is of particular and significant concern to Three Rivers District how the proposed extraction, storage, use, transport, necessary de-contamination and deposition of soils from the tunnel boring is managed within Three Rivers."

Amongst the concerns politicians outlined are the agricultural impacts the scheme would have, the increase and management of traffic, the depositing of materials and the importance of maintaining the quality of air and water.

The district’s report has been sent back to the government for consultation.

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