A District Councillor for Chalfont Common has labelled plans for a HS2 access road in Chalfont St Peter as the “lesser of two evils”.
Speaking to the magazine, councillor Isobel Darby explained how the proposal was the best out of a bad bunch of ideas when compared to the original proposal.
The application for the plans was given the greenlight by Chiltern District Council’s planning committee last month and will see the construction of a temporary access road between the A413 Amersham Road and the HS2 Chalfont St Peter vent shaft.
At peak times of work, a total of 108 more diesel lorries per day will use the new road.
While saying she was not happy with either outcome, cllr Darby said: “It’s a controversial project but is the lesser of two evils. Not having it at all would be better but that’s not the circumstances.
“When compared to the original idea, it is excellent news. The first application consisted of a construction route that went through Chalfont Common which is a residential area with narrow roads and having HGV’s on roads like that is madness.
“Once contractors had looked at the plans, they realised how problematic it was and me and councillor Linda Smith had petitioned for it to be scrapped and the current plans to be brought in.”
In the lead up to the meeting by the planning committee, commuters were met by HS2 protesters.
The Stop HS2 campaigners were joined by angry residents who were protesting against the plans which will see the construction of the access road, temporary fencing, signalised junction and an access gate that will be built largely on greenbelt land between the two vent shaft and the A413.
Alongside the loss of greenbelt land, protestors were angry about the impact it will have on wildlife.
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