Never can we remember a time when our village has been so overwhelmed
with housing development schemes and a project as huge as HS2 which will affect so many aspects of our daily lives.
Dozens of volunteers are working full time just trying to cope with these pressures. Behind the scenes, many representatives from our County, District and Parish Councils are working alongside local voluntary groups, GMVA included. Meetings with HS2 Contractors, Environmental Groups, and HS2 Community officers are now becoming an almost daily occurrence.
HS2 has just launched a special COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT FUND. This has been created to add benefit to communities along the route who are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2 from London to the West Midlands. Two funds have been launched and the total sum available is £40 million. For more information, search HS2 CEF, or use this link:
With planned alterations to the Link Road, haul road construction, and tunnel portal work over the next several years, our community views itself as a major contender to apply for finance from this fund for a number of local projects, some of which we suggest below:
1. A complete refurbishment of the MEMORIAL HALL and its immediate surroundings to make it brighter, more modern and more welcoming.
2. Imaginative urban LANDSCAPING OF THE AREA AROUND THE TWO ROUNDABOUTS (from the zebra crossing near Abbeyfields up to Samways). Hampden Place (flats above Costa and Hamptons) is almost complete and is a great improvement. Now we have an opportunity to complete the task and make this entrance to the village far more attractive.
3. There is an ambitious plan to create a traffic free GREENWAY FOR WALKERS AND CYCLISTS from Wendover to Amersham. We would like to see the development of the Wendover to Great Missenden stretch.
Other suggestions we have discussed include a special budget for routine maintenance of the village (cleaning road signs, collecting litter, bin maintenance etc.), improvements to village signs at the five entry points to the village, and an extra zebra crossing on London Road outside the Catholic Church.
What do you think of these ideas? Can you help us in any way? Do you have the skills or knowledge to help get these projects going? We need people with the energy, time and expertise to help us transform these ideas into concrete proposals for the application. If you think you can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing our Membership Secretary here
We look forward to hearing from you!
HS2 has launched a new website with community pages. Please click What's happening near you | High Speed 2 and then click on Bucks and Oxfordshire.
HS2 has collated an information sheet of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here to read
Great Missenden and Prestwood Revitalisation Group
has produced a community response to plans for haul road and highway changes at Great Missenden. Please click here to read in full.
March 2018 Update on HS2 work in Great Missenden Area
HS2 has deemed it necessary for some vegetation to be cleared around the A413 Great Missenden roundabout starting on 12th March to improve general visibility. They will be doing this work at this time of year and not the summer so as to minimise the risk of disturbing nesting birds.
To do this it will be necessary to close the outer roundabout lane of the A413, off peak weekday, 10am to 4pm for a maximum of two days to protect drivers from the work (as shown on the map below). This will be subject to final permissions from the County Council.
How may this affect you?
The contractors will be working hard to ensure any impacts on residents are kept to a minimum during these and all our future works.
The lane closure will only be in effect from 10am to 4pm each day to avoid peak traffic times. There will however be some delays to traffic travelling through the roundabout while these works take place.
The clearance of the vegetation will be done using agricultural machinery and hand held powered tools. These will make some operational noise. The vegetation cleared from the area will be chipped and removed from site each day out of peak times.
If you have any questions or if you would like to find out more, you can get in touch quoting reference AWNC2A001:
Write to: HS2 Helpdesk, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA
Email: email@example.com Telephone: 08081 434 434
December 2017 HS2 Enabling Work - A413 roundabout
Fusion JV, through their contractors Warner Surveys, will be carrying non-intrusive topographical surveys starting tomorrow (7th December) in the area as indicated below.
They are likely to begin in the areas along the highway and then move into the fields. It is confirmed there should be no impact on the flow of traffic along these roads although there will be signage to say that there will be a work force on the roadside. We are awaiting confirmation of the duration of these surveys and will notify once received.
A reminder of the details for the public to use for any concerns or complaints;
Write to: HS2 Helpdesk, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA
Telephone: 08081 434 434
There is new STOP HS2 PETITION which is gathering pace
please click here to view
HS2 Update - October 2017
The Main Civil Works Contractors have been appointed for stage 1 which is to produce detailed design of the work by the end of 2019.
There are two contractors in our area
C1: Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
C2: North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)
(The CEK JV involves Carillion Construction Ltd which is facing some financial difficulties at the moment and have only recently recruited staff for this venture!)
AND The HS2 Enabling Works Contractor - JV Fusion : Morgan Sindall Infrastructure BAM Nuttall Ltd and Ferrovial Agroman.
The EWC Is still carrying out investigation and survey work
Creating new habitats as part of HS2s mitigation programme
Ecological and Environmental Surveying
Some works to highways (which may include some in GM)
Advanced Compound works
Preparatory Highways signage
- Some utilities works (Gas, Electricity, Water etc)
Creating new habitat for protected species
Through the Central section of HS2 JV Fusion have been carrying out surveys to locate protected species such as;
bats (all species)
great crested newts
hazel or common dormice
New habitat is being created for these animals and in some cases the animals will be manually relocated to the sites. Two sites have been identified in the parish
One has now been received by CDC - Park Hill Ecological Mitigation Site which is earthworks comprising four ponds; three hibernacula suitable for great crested newts; two reptile basking banks and permanent timber post and rail fencing. The site is off Potter Row.
The other site is likely to be near Bury Farm, along Potter Row but its location has yet to be confirmed and a schedule 17 application has not been submitted yet
These sites require low levels of heavy vehicle access with usual numbers being no more than one or two ‘low loaders’ accessing the site at the start and end of the works and a further approx. 10 vehicle movements per day for worker vehicles
Further Ground Investigation drilling has also started in the car park of Weights and Measures on Frith Hill (South Heath Leg) and will last till 23 October.
- A joint HS2 Parish Council Liaison Group has been set up involving Wendover, The Lee and Great Missenden PCs with The Chiltern Society. The aim is to allow local parishes directly affected to be kept up to date by the HS2 contractors on local progress and developments of the project and to provide the opportunity to feed back to HS2 Ltd and their contractors the local responses to what is planned or is happening.
Parish Council HS2 Meeting
Great Missenden Parish Council held a public information meeting on 9th June. Please click here for a copy of the presentations by Great Missenden Parish Council and Bucks County Council. GMPC showed maps with the changes to the route since 2010, the achievements of the petitioning, and detailed maps showing the portal and proposed works. BCC talked about the 'Undertakings and Assurances' received from HS2 Ltd. You might like to check out the proposals for the Link Road, the school drop off point and parking in Church Street.
HS2 sent four representatives including the engineer in charge of the tunnel. Please click here to view their presentation. Take a look at the FAQs.
Grants are available to mitigate the effects of HS2, click here to view three forms for you to make suggestions on how this money should be spent. The funds are Community and Environment, Business and Local Economy, and measures to enhance the AONB. Please take any completed forms to the Parish Council office at the Memorial Centre.
HS2 Presentation to GMVA Committee
for a report on this presentation which took place on 20th March 2017 please click here
Parish Council HS2 Working Party
To read HS2 Engagement Meeting Notes please click here