PERSISTENT protesters from the anti-HS2 movement headed to Cheryl Gillan's constituency office in Amersham again last week to present a petition against the £33bn scheme.

Great Missenden Stop HS2 campaigners originally attempted to present the petition against the London to Birmingham route at the Chesham and Amersham MP's Hill Avenue office in Amersham on the Hill on December 9 but she was on a visit to Chesham's Douglas McMinn Centre.

The protesters finally managed to hand over the petition which stated 'we the undersigned object to the principle, cost and route of HS2 and demand the Secretary of State cancel the project forthwith' on December 16.

It was submitted in response to national media speculation over a possible new HS2 tunnel west of Amersham at a cost of £500m to limit damage to the environment.

Mark Ladd, spokesman for Great Missenden Stop HS2, said: "Many local people will be spending Christmas wondering whether the blight that they have endured for the last 22 months is going to be lifted in the new year.

"In these last few weeks of lobbying, it's vital that our MP increases the pressure on (transport secretary) Justine Greening."

The petition is also supported by Great Missenden Village Association and Little Kingshill Village Association.

Seb Berry, Independent councillor for Chiltern District Council for Great Missenden, said: "Twice in the last 10 days I've swapped emails with Mrs Gillan and her staff but it's still unclear whether she has been pushing for mitigation through the whole of her constituency.

"The reported comments of her staff in the media welcoming speculation about a possible tunnel west of Amersham have only heightened the sense of serious concern in the HP16 area - people want HS2 scrapped full stop."

Earlier this month, Mrs Gillan told the Examiner she had spoken to HS2 Ltd's Sir Brian Briscoe, who are responsible for examining the route's business case, about further mitigation.

Justine Greening announced she was delaying her decision on the route earlier this month until January so she can consider the evidence further.