HS2 ‘will help to heal the town’s scars’, say residents
The HS2 consultation event at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton yesterday. MAJOR railway project HS2 will help heal a town’s “scars” and will be a “great opportunity” according to residents.
Hundreds of people attended the High Speed 2 rail consultation event at West Park Leisure Centre, on Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton today.
Residents came to express their views and understand how the massive £56 billion project will affect them, ask questions and submit formal feedback.
Opinions on the project were split, as locals found positives in it and thought it would help the town in the long run.
Giles Harvey, 86, who lives in Breaston, said HS2 would be a “massive problem” for everyone, but the benefits would eventually outweigh the negatives.
He said: “Looking at what’s been planned, it appears they have got their cost pretty much all totalled. I do think there will be a huge amount of traffic as construction takes place, there’s no denying that, but it will be worth it.
“Long Eaton was a great industrial town and you can see many of the scars left behind from those industries that came and HS2 will help those heal”.
David Allen, 65, from Alvaston, said that he believed the project was a brilliant idea. He said: “Cars need to die. There are so many cars on the road these days and hopefully HS2 will get some of those cars off of the roads and use rail instead. I think they are doing a spectacular job here and it will be a great thing to look at in the future.
“We have got to look to the future with these things. Times do change and this will be the future for us. I’m sure it will let some people travel further for jobs and life in general. It’s great”.
But the hall did see a number of residents who believed HS2 would negatively impact not just Long Eaton but many towns and cities in the UK. Graham Hallsworth, who has lived in Long Eaton for 40 years, says he spoke to a number of representatives at the event, but still thought it was a “bad idea”.
The 62-year-old said: “It’s going to put Long Eaton at a standstill. That already happens when there is the smallest roadworks now. We’re just going to have years of traffic problems in town.” Gareth Lewis, who lives in Toton, said the project would bring eight years of misery. “They have obviously addressed many issues but are missing things such as how are people in Long Eaton going to access the hub? In October, it emerged Long Eaton and surrounding areas will lose a total of 183 houses, 52 commercial properties and 18 other buildings.
This comes on top of adverse effects to health and the destruction of 91 per cent of wildlife on Toton Sidings. Bonsall Street, in Long Eaton will face the demolition of 73 residential properties to make way for a 19-metre viaduct that would carry the high-speed trains.
There are so many cars on the road and hopefully HS2 will get some of those cars off of the roads