Less than a week after the Government announced the route of the second stage of HS2, three meeting have already been organised for concerned residents in Staffordshire and North Yorkshire.
Bill Cash, the Conservative MP for Stone has organised two meetings in his constituency on Saturday 2nd February, whilst another meeting has been organised in the most northerly outpost affected by HS2, Church Fenton for the evening of Monday 4th February.
Cash said the announcement of the proposed route for the second phase of HS2 was a ‘grave concern’ and vowed to strongly opposed the plans. The meetings in his constituency will take place on Saturday 2nd at 1pm at Swynnerton Park Cricket Club, Park View, ST15 0GC and at 3pm at the Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley, CW3 9DN .
On Monday 4th at 7pm Church Fenton Village Hall, Lockton Court, LS24 9UT will be the venue for a meeting. Andrew Mason, from Church Fenton Parish Council, said; “If you look at the route, where it’s going, we’re a lovely village at the moment, we have got a rural background and this will completely decimate it and create an urban island. I am sure when we have consulted with the village everybody will take the view that it’s just not going to happen”.
The drawings showing the favoured route have been released showing plans to build a huge 14m high viaduct on the edge of Church Fenton. The viaduct would be needed to elevate the track as it heads over local roads and the flood plain of Dort’s Dyke.
As it stands, it would appear that a number of homes in the village would need to be demolished as part of the scheme. Properties on Common Lane and Sandwath Lane are shown to lie directly under the proposed route.