‘Destruction of woodland catastrophic’
on those residents and businesses most affected.
“The council’s commitment is further evidenced by the motion carried by members at the Ordinary Meeting of Erewash Borough Council on Thursday 28 June 2018: ‘This council is deeply concerned that the proposed HS2 route will have a significant detrimental impact on residents and businesses in Long Eaton and surrounding areas and will continue to seek the best possible package of mitigation and compensation from Government through the proposed Hybrid Bill and from HS2 Ltd and other organisations.’” Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said: “With costs everywhere else along the HS2 route spiralling out of control, it is absolutely clear HS2 Ltd have gone for the most destructive, lowest-cost option.”
Looking at the national picture for the new HS2 routes, he said: “The only reason anyone would ever decide to go through over 500 homes and over 500 businesses, along with 19 ancient woodlands and 12 sites of special scientific interest, is because they don’t care about people, jobs or the environment, they only care about getting the costs down.”
Leonie Dubois, HS2’s head of consultation and engagement, said the East Midlands will reap “significant benefits” associated with the scheme.
She said: “High-speed rail will play a crucial role in rebalancing Britain’s economy, driving business growth, stimulating investment and creating jobs right across the country.
“Through the public consultations, we are providing a more detailed account of how we propose to build the railway and minimise its impacts during construction and operation.
“We actively encourage people to have their say on the plans we have published.”
A public consultation has been launched alongside the latest plans and will come to a close on Friday, December 21.
This can be accessed online at www.gov.uk/hs2.
A drop-in event for the Long Eaton works is being held at West Park Leisure Centre, in Wilsthorpe Road, from 2pm to 8pm on Friday, December 7. THE report reveals the high-sped line will have a major impact on wildlife and the landscape.
It warns that “barn owls are at risk of colliding with trains”, particularly near the River Trent.
The work would also have a “regionally significant” impact on the East Midlands’ bat population.
Luci Ryan, ecologist at the Woodland Trust, said: “We were braced for bad news but this is far worse than we were expecting.
“At least 19 ancient woods (on the Leeds-Birmingham and CreweManchester section) will be lost, almost double our estimate.
“The brutal destruction of at least 16.7 hectares of ancient woodland on phase 2b will be catastrophic for the environment. This is significant permanent loss and the figure is only going to go up as HS2’s review of woods not listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory progresses.
“HS2 is continuing to ride roughshod over precious, irreplaceable centuries-old ancient woodland and, in doing so, the homes and populations of many wildlife species will be destroyed too. We are going to need some time to digest the full horror of the draft environmental statement but rest assured we will stand up and fight.”