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SHARDELOES SAGA: HS2 fills sinkhole in Amersham

 Published on: 7th October 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Amersham locals took to social media on September 12 after a digger was spotted filling in the Shardeloes Sinkhole.

The 6-metre wide sinkhole appeared during HS2 drilling works this May, yet residents were frustrated to find little was done to fill it over subsequent months.

On September 27, Buckinghamshire Councillor Gareth Williams confirmed that HS2 had finally put to use 165 cubic meres of chalk to fill the gaping hole.

Cllr Williams told AmershamNews: “The soil and seeding are likely to be done in spring.” Speaking on behalf of Bucks Council, he added: “We’ll be staying in top of it to make sure the job gets done.”

Although HS2 has not verified this update in the public domain, Cllr Williams shared that the welcome news was reported to him by HS2 itself.

Regardless, Amersham Town Councillor Mark Roberts has criticised the lack of communication between HS2 spokespeople and locals. He suggested HS2 has been “reluctant to release details of their investigations of what happened and what’s happened since”.

Taking to social media, Cllr Williams said: “We remain opposed to the whole HS2 project due to its impact on our environment, roads and ever expanding cost and will keep fighting for the interests of our residents.”

HS2 have been contacted for comment.

Photo Credit: Gareth Williams

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