Hundreds of walkers and cyclists are expected to descend from various locations onto the Warwickshire village of Burton Green via the Kenilworth Greenway to protest against the planned high speed rail route this Sunday.
A series of events is planned, with walks organised to arrive in Burton Green coming from Kenilworth, Balsall Common, Hampton-in-Arden, Stoneleigh and Berkswell. Additionally, a 13½ mile ‘HS2 Cycle Tour’ will take place, starting in Kenilworth and taking in local areas which will be destroyed and disfigured, such as Stareton, Stoneleigh, Cryfield Grange and Kenilworth, before arriving at Burton Green. The event will coincide with the walk of Lizzy Williams, who started to walk the entire route of HS2 near Lichfield on Wednesday 1st September.
Joe Rukin, Chair of the Kenilworth Action Group and Acting Convenor of National Campaigning Body Stop HS2 said “This isn’t a case of not in my back yard. The simplest analysis of HS2 leads to the conclusion ‘Not Anywhere’. It’s very straightforward. Despite what politicians might say, there is no business case, no environmental case and no money to pay for it.”
Jerry Marshall, Chair of the Burton Green Action Group, ‘Keep Burton Green’ said; “On 11th of March when HS2 was announced, I said I wouldn’t oppose HS2 if it was in the national interests. I read the plans and by the 13th of March I was writing a paper about why it should not be allowed to proceed.”
Details of the Kenilworth Greenway walk are;
a. Walking from the North- Contact Lizzy Williams 07842 164880
i. High ground to the north of Didington Lane (B92 0BY) at 10am
ii. Patrick Farm, Meriden Lane (B92 0LT) 10.30am
iii. The Railway Inn, Balsall Common 12.30-1.30pm (CV7 7EF).
b. Walking from the South- Contact Joe Rukin 07811 371880.
i. Meet between 12 & 1pm for 1pm set off at the Virgins & Castle, High Street, Kenilworth (CV8 1LY)
c. Cycling from the South- Contact Joe Rukin 07811 371880.
i. Meet at Abbey Fields Car Park, Bridge Street, Kenilworth (CV8 1BP) at 11.30am for 13.5 ‘HS2 Tour’, taking in Kenilworth, Stareton, Stoneleigh & Burton Green.
d. Events at Burton Green Village Hall (CV8 1PL) between 2pm and 5pm – Contact Jerry Marshall 07941 017236.