Ch­ester­field ‘saved from HS2’

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THE CH­ESTER­FIELD CANAL restora­tion looks in­creas­ingly likely to es­cape be­ing blighted by the HS2 high-speed rail­way plans.

The news comes af­ter the Gov­ern­ment con­firmed changes to its pre­ferred route – but a fi­nal de­ci­sion will not be made un­til 2017.

The lat­est an­nounce­ment builds on a state­ment in July 2016 an­nounc­ing a pro­posed change to the route in Der­byshire and York­shire.

The orig­i­nal plans would have de­stroyed much of the lengths of canal cur­rently un­der restora­tion from Stave­ley through Ren­ishaw to Kil­la­marsh ( pic­tured just south of Kil­la­marsh); the new route would run along­side the M1 and only re­quire a sin­gle bridge over the canal near Nor­wood.

How­ever, al­though adop­tion of the new plans is look­ing in­creas­ing prob­a­ble, they will still be sub­ject to full con­sul­ta­tion and face op­po­si­tion from home own­ers threat­ened by the amended route, in­clud­ing a brand new es­tate still un­der con­struc­tion near Don­caster.

These is­sues will need to be con­sid­ered be­fore the Sec­re­tary of State makes the fi­nal de­ci­sion in 2017, ready for a par­lia­men­tary bill in 2019.

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