Amersham in Bloom 2016
We are delighted to congratulate Amersham Town Council for being given a Gold Award in the Britain in Bloom competition. It was also crowned as group winner of the Town category, beating Henley on Thames, Kidlington and Princes Risborough. The Town also also won the regional award for Community Involvement and Pride of Place. Well done to the Town Council, its staff and the many volunteers who contributed to this success.
HS2 Update 14 January 2017
We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:
(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).
House of Lords Select Committee
The Select Committee has now published their report which you can read at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/hs2-bill-committee-publishes-report/. It could be the end of January or February before the Bill finally achieves royal assent, subject to the Parliamentary process and third reading. Some amendments to the Bill have been proposed by various Peers and these were debated on 10 and 12 January 2017 in Grand Committee. You can see all the proposed amendments at http://lordsamendments.parliament.uk/?Session=2016-2017&Id=1313. It should be noted that no votes are allowed in a Grand Committee, and in turn that means that if a Peer objects to any amendment (including a government amendment) it should be withdrawn, to enable the House to decide the matter at the next stage – ie report stage.
It is expected that the Secretary of State and HS2 Ltd will respond to the Select Committee report next week.