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he Government published proposals for a new High Speed Rail Line on 11 March. The initial phase

will run between London and Birmingham. The proposals will affect Chesham and Amersham as the published route runs from Ruislip to Wendover passing near Amersham.

The route involves a significant amount of tunnelling as well as over ground works and I am determined to fight on behalf of my constituents for an alternative route. We must protect the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is a landscape of international importance and this can only be achieved by a change to the route the Labour Government have proposed and the Liberal Democrats have supported. As well as the environmental impact of the project, I want answers to the questions my constituents are asking about the commercial and financial viability of the scheme, whether there will be a link with Heathrow, cases of hardship and possible compensation, and about the impact of construction works. The timetable from the

Government is set out below: There will be a formal public consultation in Autumn 2010, with

HS2 RAIL CHALLENGE

View across the fields from Chesham Road heading towards Misbourne valley close to the proposed route of the High Speed Rail Line

Slovenia, Germany and Poland, to explore cross-curricular projects across the cultures and to extend the boundaries of learning. My visit coincided with that of students from the other countries. It was a delight to see how the pupils have been working together. Events covered a whole range of activities including dance. The pupils are involved in carrying out interviews with local people to build up a historical picture of Europe in the twentieth century and the development of the European Union.

Congratulations to David

“engagement work and consultation preparation” between now and the autumn.

In 2011 the decision will be taken on whether to proceed and on the proposed route between London and Birmingham.

2011-13 is scheduled for design and assessment of the route, with further public consultation in 2013. 2014 would see a Hybrid Bill presented to the House of Commons, Construction work could start in 201, for a proposed opening date in 2026.

I invite constituents to let me know their views on the dedicated email address: gillanhs2chilterns@cheshamandam ershamconservatives.co.uk.

Chesham Park School and Comenius

An exciting opportunity for Chesham Park Community College

4 yourChesham • April, 2010

It was good to visit Chesham Park School in March when I learned more about the school’s involvement in the Comenius Project.*

The school has formed an exciting partnership with others in

Futerman, who set up the project, to head teacher Kevin Patrick, but most of all to the pupils who have taken this project and made it very much their own. * Why is it called the Comenius project? Well, in the 16th century, a man called Jan Comenius dedicated his life to promoting education, regardless of the nationality, religion or social background of the student. I wonder if he could ever have dreamt of the effect his ideas would have in the 21st century. • See also page 16

How to Contact Me

Any constituent is welcome to contact me about any issue which is of concern to them.

There are a variety of ways to

gillanc@parliament.uk. I hold regular advice surgeries at my constituency office, which is in Hill Avenue, Amersham. Please make an appointment by telephoning 01494 721577. I also have a website,

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