On Tuesday 8th January, Robert Goodwill MP, Minister for Transport with responsibility for HS2 visited the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre with Nick Hurd MP. The Minister was given a tour of the site and shown the activities on offer, before having a meeting with Trustees to discuss the future of the centre.
Nick Hurd MP said: “If HS2 goes ahead, then preserving HOAC is a priority for me. The current plans would in effect close it, and that is totally unacceptable. For months now, John Randall and I have been working to get HS2 and the Government to rethink and consider some relocation options in the area. That is now happening, and I was delighted that the Minister accepted our invitation to come and see the site with his own eyes and talk directly to the Trustees. There is now a clear desire to find a solution and I welcome that”
In a recent letter to Nick Hurd, Sir David Higgins confirmed that HS2 were committed to finding a solution. “We are actively exploring issues with them for its relocation and remain committed to trying to find a suitable location.” The full letter is available here:
Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport said: “I was glad to join Nick Hurd at HOAC, meet with the centre’s trustees and see the variety of activities on offer. HS2 will transform many people’s lives for the better, but it’s only right that when businesses or community facilities have to relocate because of the line, they do so to a location which allows them to continue. My Department and HS2 Ltd are actively exploring options for HOAC, and remain committed to finding the best practicable solution.”