County coun­cil to dis­cuss im­pact of HS2 on the area

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

CABI­NET mem­bers are be­ing asked next week to sup­port the county coun­cil tak­ing a lead role in en­sur­ing its voice is heard around the po­ten­tial im­pacts of the HS2 rail line project.

The coun­cil says HS2 could bring travel im­prove­ments and sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits of at least £40 mil­lion per year.

It is propos­ing a ‘full and proac­tive’ ap­proach in rep­re­sent­ing Le­ices­ter­shire’s com­mu­ni­ties and work­ing closely with HS2 Ltd, East Mid­lands Coun­cils and other stake­hold­ers in hav­ing a say around the de­vel­op­ment of the Phase 2B pro­pos­als.

Blake Pain, county coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, said: “HS2 is im­pos­si­ble for us to ig­nore as we’ll still have statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties around road clo­sures and we’ll also be ap­proached by lo­cal res­i­dents with their con­cerns.

“It’s vi­tal that we have an in­put at an early stage into the im­pact on Le­ices­ter­shire and we can only achieve that by tak­ing on a lead­er­ship role. We want to put the county in the strong­est po­si­tion pos­si­ble to get the most out of HS2 through sup­ply chain ben­e­fits as well as mit­i­gat­ing the im­pact on lo­cal res­i­dents.”

HS2 Ltd are ex­pected to pub­lish de­tails on how they pro­pose to min­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of the project, which links Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham, the East Mid­lands, Leeds and Manch­ester, be­fore the end of the year.

How­ever the coun­cil has spelled out some of the spe­cific is­sues which they want to dis­cuss with HS2 so as to limit dis­rup­tion to res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

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