The Amersham Society

HS2 Update 27 January 2017

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at

http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).


HS2 Hybrid Bill and Royal Assent

You will probably be aware that the Promoter has now responded to the House of Lords Report. You can read it at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583784/government-response-to-the-select-committee_s-special-report-web-version.pdf.
The Third Reading of the Bill is scheduled for 31 January 2017. It is then expected that the Bill for Phase 1 will become law and probably receive Royal Assent in the week commencing 6 February 2017 although this is dependent on the Parliamentary timetable.

New Chief Executive for HS2 Ltd
HS2 Ltd has appointed a new Chief Executive called Mark Thurston. Mr Thurston has worked for CH2M, the company which is HS2 Ltd's Phase 1 Engineering Delivery Partner, since 2008. You can read more at https://www.ch2m.com/newsroom/news/ch2m-led-jv-announced-as-HS2-phase-one-engineering-delivery-partner.
HS2 Ltd Newsletter
HS2 Ltd's new engagement team recently published a community update, which includes some useful contacts. You can read it at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-community-update-newsletters.

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HS2 Update 14 January 2017

 

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 


 

House of Lords Select Committee

The Select Committee has now published their report which you can read at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/hs2-bill-committee-publishes-report/. It could be the end of January or February before the Bill finally achieves royal assent, subject to the Parliamentary process and third reading. Some amendments to the Bill have been proposed by various Peers and these were debated on 10 and 12 January 2017 in Grand Committee. You can see all the proposed amendments at http://lordsamendments.parliament.uk/?Session=2016-2017&Id=1313. It should be noted that no votes are allowed in a Grand Committee, and in turn that means that if a Peer objects to any amendment (including a government amendment) it should be withdrawn, to enable the House to decide the matter at the next stage – ie report stage.

It is expected that the Secretary of State and HS2 Ltd will respond to the Select Committee report next week.

 

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HS2 Update 13 December 2016

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).


House of Lords Select Committee

 

The Select Committee has now finished its deliberations and their report should follow shortly; we understand this may be published on 12 December 2016. This will then be considered by the Lords on 9 January 2017 before any further amendments to the Bill are proposed. It could be January or February before the Bill finally gets royal assent, subject to the Parliamentary process. Jim Conboy has kindly posted around half of the local documents/evidence so far produced for the House of Lords. He also has presentations from The Lee and Little Missenden Parish Councils. If you send your presentations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like them posted at http://www.hs2amersham.org.uk/Resources/ES/HoL/Index.htm. This is a useful resource and Jim does not mind if you are outside of the Chilterns.

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HS2 Update 19 November 2016

 

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

 

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 

 


 

House of Lords Select Committee

The latest programme of appearances from 15 November to 23 November is at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/committee-programme-15-23-nov/.

 

Review of petitioning procedures on Hybrid Bills in the House of Lords: views sought
In May and June this year, the first stage of the consultation on the review of the petitioning procedures on Hybrid Bills took place. Parliament is now inviting further submissions, as the process of petitioning before the Lords Select Committee on the HS2 Phase One Bill draws to a close. You can see details of how to submit your comments your comments here.


Appointment of Enabling Works Contracts
The £900m Enabling Works Contracts covering the whole of Phase One, from London to Birmingham and the connection to the West Coast Mainline at Handsacre have been awarded, with work due to begin in the spring 2017.

 

The following joint ventures will be appointed:

- Area South - CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Limited)

- Area Central (Buckinghamshire) – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)

- Area North - LM JV (Laing O'Rourke Construction Limited, J. Murphy & Sons Limited)

 

  • As well as archaeology, site clearance and establishing site compounds, the contractors will also deliver a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage work.

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Chiltern District Council's Emerging Local Plan

Did you know that

•  Chiltern District Council must produce a Local Plan by early 2017 or the Government will step in and impose one?

•  Chiltern DC is working with South Bucks DC to produce one?

•  They estimate that there will be a need for 14 700 new dwellings in the area by 2036?

•  They have been reviewing green belt sites to see whether they could be released for housing?

•  The deadline for responses is 5.0 pm, 12th December?

 

See http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036.The Options they are considering include allowing building to take place on two areas of green belt around Old Amersham:

•  parts of the large field to the east of the whole length of Whielden Street (part of the green ring around the Conservation Area);

•  parts of the fields to the south of London Road, between Gore Hill and Stanley Hill, including next to the historic Bury Farm.

 

The Amersham Society is producing a response.

 

 

The Society has organised an open meeting on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at the King's Chapel, King's Arms Hotel, High Street, Old Amersham.

 

All are welcome at this meeting to learn more about the Council's proposals and to review and improve the Amersham Society's response about preserving Amersham's unique heritage and environment. Contribute your own thoughts and learn what you might usefully say in your own personal response.

 

Coffee/tea and biscuits will be served from 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8.0 pm. Please bring your friends and neighbours, no booking is necessary - just turn up. The cost of entrance will be £2 for members and £3 for non-members.

 

HS2 Update 6 November 2016

 

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 


House of Lords Select Committee

Buckinghamshire County Council appeared before the Committee on Monday 24 October to present its evidence. The Leader, Martin Tett, was the main witness with Dr Simon Newell appearing on the lack of ecological connectivity from east to west of the line. The council has been offered a further package of assurances which are currently being finalised. We shall then be notifying parish and district councils before accepting these.

Both witnesses did very well but the government gave a robust response. We shall now await the Committee’s final report which will hopefully be released before Royal Assent of the Bill, around December or January. You can watch the appearances at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/1c5c3321-6466-4364-b7b7-e2fc3cf1ccfc.

The latest programme of appearances from 24 October to 15 November is at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/committee-programme-24-oct-3-nov/.

HS2 Independent Design Panel

The Panel Chair, Sadie Morgan, has appointed a vice-chair and deputies. It also has a secretariat and a governance panel and is having its first annual meeting on 22 November. See their update here. It has also taken them 3 months to publish the newsletter.

In addition, the Panel has published a case study for Bridge Design Requirements which you can see here. Apparently, ‘one idea suggested by the panel was that the parapets could be transparent. People naturally want to see through parapets to what is across and below. Although no solution is currently on the market, the challenge from the panel was to explore that option rather than preclude it’.

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport

Mr Grayling gave an interview to Andrew Marr last Sunday. You can view it at

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HS2 Community Engagement

Cheryl Gillan MP secured an adjournment debate on 27 October in the House of Commons, on the inadequacy of HS2 Ltd’s engagement to date. She questioned the independence of the Construction Commissioner and the Residents Commissioner and called for a truly independent Adjudicator. Cheryl also talked about the burden being placed on MPs and local authorities who were having to fill the engagement gap created by HS2. Cheryl also talked about their ‘communication calamity’ and the importance of local input. She said you cannot leave engagement to chance and that it takes time and resources.

You can watch the debate at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/972b6c7f-bf64-4800-819d-2fdc0cc0a07c. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP, responded. He said he was ‘not here to make excuses for the company’. He recognised that there is a demand for information and that ‘trust was easy to lose and hard to gain’.

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