Trowell Parish Council call for HS2 route rethink

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Trowell Parish Council has raised serious concerns over the potential impact of HS2 on life in the village following a recent consultation event.

HS2 representatives visited the village in January to present plans and seek residents’ views - but the session appears to have raised more questions than it answered.

At the parish council’s February meeting its concerns were laid out in full.

A joint statement issued following the meeting said: “The council insists that, if this project is to go ahead on the preferred route, then the means of delivering it needs to be completely redesigned with the full participation of the local community.

“There will be no benefit to the residents or businesses of Trowell but there will be a detrimental effect on well-being due to noise pollution, and to the beautiful countryside and wildlife.”

The council carried out its own consultation with residents in 2013 and submitted comments to HS2 - but found no evidence that this work had been considered in the plans.

Chief among its concerns are the impact of rerouting the M1, the construction of a viaduct cutting through the historic village, and the classification of Trowell as partly urban which limits residents’ entitlement to compensation.

The council said: “This proposed viaduct is likely to be the longest and highest in Britain, and will be a massive carbuncle on the skyline of Trowell.

“Most alarming is that it appears HS2 were unaware, until the recent exhibition, of the existence of the village school, adjacent to the current M1 route and within the proposed HS2 corridor and the path of the planned viaduct.”

There are also fears about disruption to the local road network and two nearby nature reserves.

Instead, the council is now suggesting a tunnel beneath the village, or a route using the existing Erewash Valley main line.

The latest round of HS2 consultations closed on March 9, and a spokesman said: “We thank Trowell Parish Council for taking the time to respond to HS2’s public consultations.

“All the responses will now be externally validated, and presented to the Secretary of State for consideration.

“A decision on the final routes and property schemes is expected later this year.”

The consultation also sparked debate in Long Eaton, where Stop HS2 campaigners want to block the project.

Hundreds of residents attended the group’s latest meeting on March 9 to hear experts criticise HS2’s record on public engagement, lobbying practices, economic case and potential conflicts of interest.

n For more information, see www. fb.me/stophs2erewash.