HS2 hangs like a heavy, black cloud over our area. We face the prospect of 7 years of devastation and misery during construction, and the permanent destruction of parts of our beautiful landscape and precious wildlife habitats – and all for the sake of what? We would all like it to just go away, but until we hear anything to the contrary we must assume that it will go ahead. The Bill for HS2 Phase 2A will be presented in Parliament some time in 2017.

Some 320 people attended the HS2 consultation event at Whitmore Village Hall on 30 September. Two weeks later the local HS2 Action Group gave a series of sessions at an information event arranged by Whitmore Parish Council. Mr Bill Murray addressed the sessions most expertly, explaining exactly what was proposed along  the Whitmore section of the route. Bill’s presentation of the facts laid bare the enormity of the impact that HS2 will have in this area. Questions were asked and discussed; when answers could be provided, answers were given. All were urged to respond to the consultation.

The Steering Group for the Neighbourhood Development Plan submitted a response and you can read it here.