‘De­struc­tion of wood­land cat­a­strophic’

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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.”

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