Additional Provision 2

On July 16th 2015 Additional provisions to the HS2 Hybrid Bill and 2 new Environmental Statements were published and as far as Hampton is concerned the main changes involve:

  1. A viaduct from Patricks Farm crossing the B4102 and the Blythe valley which had been requested by the community instead of a long embankment. This will maintain the open views of the valley as well as migration routes and we hope will not result in increased flooding
  2. Creation of a new Diddington Lane which will remain open to through traffic. The community have always been in support of the original plan to close the lane as they believed it would be used as a rat run to the new station

The parish council, Hampton Society, Fentham Trust and 28 individual residents have submitted petitions to The Parliamentary Select Committee opposing the proposal to realign Diddington Lane on the basis that this would increase traffic through the lane and the village as a whole.

The documents can be viewed online here

We expect to be able to present our case in Parliament later this year or in early 2016.

The Hampton Society and Parish Council have been working with our M P Caroline Spelman to produce a petition which she can present to Parliament promoting Diddington Lane as a Green Route. If you would like to sign it is available in the village shops.

A residents group, mainly from Diddington Lane, has met on 2 occasions to co-ordinate the petitions if you would like to be involved in mitigating the effects of HS2 please contact s.j.morris@p66.com

HS2 held an information event at Fentham Hall on 19th September which was very useful in bringing councillors, our M P and the public together to form a coherent opposition and credible alternative to the plans for Diddington Lane. We hope that the door will now be open for meaningful discussion.

Additional Provision 4

A further Additional Provision to the Hybrid Bill was subsequently published proposing to relocate The Bickenhill Waste Recycling Centre to green belt land at the end of Diddington Lane to which we also objected. Click here to read the HS2 AP4 Petition.

The Parish Council, Hampton Society, Fentham Trust and Residents Action Group travelled to The Houses of Parliament on 27th January 2016 to address the Select Committee about our serious concerns. The transcript can be viewed here.

We await the outcome of the petition, containing over 700 signatures, which our MP Caroline Spelman presented to Parliament in the Autumn of 2015 promoting Diddington Lane as a Green Route.