THORNEY COUNTRY PARK LANDFILL PROPOSAL – DUMPING GROUND FOR HS2 SPOIL
Buckinghamshire County Council is to urge the Government to halt HS2 works in the county saying there was absolutely no justification why the County's residents should suffer significant disruption and long-term environmental destruction while things remain so unclear.
The Ivers Parish Council strongly support and share this view that the project should be stopped.
County Council Leader Martin Tett said: “I was moved to hear from so many colleagues about the devastating effect that HS2 is having in their communities. This ill-conceived project is impacting wildlife, livelihoods, and the mental health of our residents in the most shattering way.
How then does Buckinghamshire County Council justify their landfill proposal to dump millions of tonnes of HS2 imported soil on Thorney Country Park?
The Park already is a valuable wildlife sanctuary being home to great crested newts, kingfishers and many water birds, including rare migratory species. It does not need re-landscaping to provide these habitats. Furthermore, what of its well-stocked lake? What of the long-term environmental and habitat destruction?
The contractors have applied to bring in 3 trains a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at midnight. This means that there will be disturbance for residents from midnight until 4am every night from noise and light pollution. This is totally unacceptable. What of the impact on the mental health and quality of life of our residents?
Buckinghamshire County Council has stated that the proposal to landfill Thorney Country Park and backfill the lake is to generate much needed income for the council, so are we then to assume that some parts of the County are more precious and worth protecting more than others?
Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Craig Banks