HS2 – Leather Lane – Oak Trees – Update

Map showing location of trees to be removed at Leather Lane

Great Missenden and The Lee Parish Council representatives met with HS2 Main Works Contactors (EKFB) on Friday to discuss the proposed removal of trees adjacent to and near Leather Lane.

Similar meetings were held, by EKFB, with the Chiltern Conservation Board, Buckinghamshire Council and our local MP’s office.

All of the meetings arose from the concerns expressed (on the ground, in emails and on-line) about the extent of tree felling in this area.

EKFB have given assurances that they are reviewing all “reasonable practical” steps to minimise the number of existing trees to be felled, taking account of the permanent infrastructure needed for the railway and the construction constraints of the project. As a result of this review, it is thought that approx. 40% of the affected trees will definitely need to be felled to allow the railway and permanent infrastructure to be built and 30% can definitely be left in place (see picture above). The remaining 30% is the subject of further, more detailed, review, taking account of the design of the earthworks, drainage, ecology and other construction constraints. The parish councils expressed a strong wish that, if possible, all of this remaining 30% should also be reprieved, if necessary, by changing some of these design constraints and by integrating the oaks into the future tree-planting programme for this area.

This more detailed review will take place over the next fortnight. Until then, only the trees directly on the line-of-route of the railway and the realigned Leather Lane with the internal access road, will be removed subject to ecological inspections.

Cllr Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead GMPC

For previous information on the planned work to remove the oak trees at Leather Lane – please click here.

3 thoughts on “HS2 – Leather Lane – Oak Trees – Update

  1. GIVEN THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD TO DO ALL THEY WANT TO DO..THIS IS STILL A CHEEK…I AM ALWAYS DUBIOUS ABOUT POLITICAL PROMISES GIVEN BEFORE ELECTIONS! BUT THIS SHOWER NEEDS VOTING OUT FOR THE DAMAGE THEY HAVE DONE ANYWAY! AND THE SO CALLED ECOLOGIAL EXPERTS MAKING THE FELLING DECISIONS NEED SACKING!

  2. They should not be using leather lane at all. We are already seeing a lot of traffic on Potter Row and were told there was a limit on movements per day but that seems to being ignored with massive lorries delivering for HS2 along with support vehicles. Why do they need another haul road, what is wrong with the one they built already.

  3. I wouldn’t trust HS2 as far as I could throw them. They have never failed to be rude to me and have laughed at me in person when I raised a concern with them. Thy will do the work first and then say there is nothing they can do about it afterwards. Please watch them like them like hawks. Thank you. Gemma Rogers

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