High Speed 2: Action Group to start fighting fund at exhibition

An action group made up of local of residents say the proposed London to Birmingham ‘High Speed 2’ Rail Link will not only decimate Green Belt land and wreak havoc on the local way of life, but cannot be justified on economic grounds either. The Heart of England High-Speed Railway Action Group is about to launch a campaign fighting fund and has invited groups for and against the proposals to speak at a public fundraising and awareness meeting this Saturday at the Jubilee Centre on Station Road in Balsall Common (30th Octboer).

The meeting is all about raising public awareness of a project which will tear up Green Belt land and traverse the existing mainline on a huge flyover near Berkswell Station, before cutting through the Lavender Hall fisheries land on a high-rise viaduct. And remarkably despite the recent and wide ranging Government cutbacks on public spending the High Speed project has survived the first culling and is still going full-steam ahead, with Teansport Secretary Philip Hammond fully behind the programme. Action Group Group Chariman Richard Lloyd says,

“Currently HHAG members are spending their own money on the campaign, but we’re looking for benefactors to help us research the facts and continue raising awareness of the issues. We’d be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to help financially or from anybody keen to lend a hand or donate refreshments or prizes for this weekend’s event”.

The Heart of England group is one of many which have sprung up along the route of the proposed 250 mph High Speed line, which is planned to cut through lots of open countryside throughout thWarwickshire, West Midlands and Chilterns. Campaigners claim the government has failed to produce solid evidence to back the economic reasons for committing to the project. The government’s final decision on HS2’s go-ahead will be influenced by a full public consultation next Spring – our whole community will be directly and adversely
affected if this proceeds.

Saturday’s event runs from 9am to 4pm and is open to residents. If you would like to help, you can get involved by contacting Sophie Lock on 07810 145397 or by emailing the group at expo@hhag.org.uk

The Heart of England Action Group website is located at www.hhag.org.uk