HS2 update: hs2.Ltd under flak after recent BC consultation

Solihull news reports on the apparent rude attitude of the HS2 LTD staff at the recent Balsall Common HS2 consultation where they called somebody a cretin for exercising his right to take photos in a public place. Unhelpfully they did not provide a link to the video. Alas, we tracked down it down only to discover that it is no more 🙁

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctqGlBvJaus

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Coventry City Council unanimously oppose HS2

STOPHS2 Campaign Director Joe Rukin reports:
Coventry City Council voted unanimously to oppose the Government’s high speed rail plans known as HS2 at a meeting last week (Tuesday 7th December), making it the first council in the country not directly affected by the location of the line to take a position against the plans.

Councillors took little time to come to their decision, with cross-party co-operation meaning the ruling Labour group, along with Liberal Democrat and Socialist Councillors accepted the motion proposed by the Conservative opposition. Councillors determined that HS2 would disbenefit Coventry and other areas economically and would see investment taken away from other transport projects. They also warned that HS2 could see the filling in of the green belt, between Coventry and Kenilworth, or even the ‘Meriden Gap’, separating Coventry and Birmingham.
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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).
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New high speed rail route could cut through National Agricultural Centre – The Birmingham Post

Follow up to previous story – the tunnel through Burton Green has appeased some and is excellent news for Balsall Common residents… but, according to the Birmingham Post, there are now concerns that the line will cut through the NAC..

New high speed rail route could cut through National Agricultural Centre
The Birmingham Post
Attempts were made to re-route the track past Burton Green but that risked moving it closer to residential properties at Balsall Common.

Campaigner continues marathon High Speed 2 Rail walk

Lizzie with Joe Rukin

Report by Joe Rukin,

Lizzy Williams, the anti-high speed rail campaigner who began a marathon walk of the entire proposed HS2 mainline on the 1st of September in Staffordshire embarked on Day Seven of her walk today (7th September), continuing through Warwickshire.  Following a highly successful event on Sunday, when hundreds of people walked and rode along the Kenilworth Greenway to Burton Green, more events in Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire are being planned for this weekend [11 September].  Lizzy is walking the entire route of HS2 from Lichfield to London, before coming back to walk the spur into Birmingham to coincide with Conservative Party Conference in October.
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