Within a week of the route changes announced by HS2 Ltd last week in Yorkshire, first out of the blocks to hold a community meeting for the public public was Crofton last Wednesday. As has been the case with so many such meetings in the past, it was standing room only.
On Monday 18th, Mexborough will be next, holding a meeting at the Mexborough Academy, Maple Road, S64 9SD at 6pm.
Crofton had good right to be the first place to hold a meeting. As they are right at the end of the proposed route change, what happened last week was for HS2 to move from one side of the village to the other, with the new route causing more damage than the first one did.
One things coming out of this meeting was the mass signing of this letter to the Wakefield Express:
“We the Undersigned, residents/representatives of Crofton are horrified and disgusted at the plans of HS2 Limited to destroy large parts of our village by the siting of the High Speed Two Train track through our community.
We oppose, the siting of the track & the depot here. We are furious that no consultation was made with our community or elected representatives, prior to the 7 July 2016 announcement.
We will fight to stop the Construction of the Track here in Crofton. We call on David Higgins of HS2 Limited & Patrick McLoughlin Transport Minister to meet with us to here alternative proposals to re-route the track out of our village into unoccupied farm land to the East or West of our 9,000 strong community.
We call on Council Leader Peter Box & Wakefield Council & HS2 Limited to carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment & Full assessment on the human and business impact on our community.We call on our elected Member of Parliament John Trickett MP to visit Crofton & immediately table a Question in the House of Commons at the first opportunity.
HS2 Limited has blighted our village & we demand compensation for loss of house prices for families who have purchased or are selling property. We demand HS2 Limited meet with us at the first opportunity to understand that Crofton has been grossly affected by this unnecessary targeting without consultation or consideration for the damage to the people,environment,& businesses in the village.
We express solidarity with other effected communities in Mexborough, Hemsworth, Altofts, London & elsewhere across England.
We will work to see this £80 billion vanity project is scrapped,or changed so that ordinary peoples lives are not wrecked, in order that Rich people can travel faster.
If you are looking at setting up a public meeting on the new route and would like some help or advice, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the links below may be of use.