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MAPA’s voice on concerns about HS2 is being listened to by local politicians


MAPA HS2 Action is getting its arguments across and building support to oppose the HS2 proposed ‘Measham Re-Route’.  This proposal has a negative impact on jobs, houses, community facilities and the environment from Austrey to Packington.

The Leicestershire County Council, Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered the route modifications proposed by HS2 on the 19th January.  The Measham, Appleby, Packington and AustreyHS2 Action Group (MAPA HS2 Action Group), working with County Councillors Sean Sheahan (Measham) and Heather Worman (Appleby) explained the problems that this re-route would cause.  The Committee welcomed this information which it said would feed into their detailed submission to the consultation in March. 

Later that day an Open Meeting organised by Appleby Magna Parish Council was attended by district councillors, county councillors and our MP, Andrew Bridgen.

Richard Blunt, District Councillor for Appleby and Leader of NW Leicestershire District Council, told the meeting that the District Council had appointed consultants to advise them on their approach to HS2 and they would be very keen to hear from local people.  He said his personal view was that the re-route around Measham and Appleby was a damaging mistake and should be returned to its original route alongside the A42

In contrast MP Andrew Bridgen, also attending the Appleby meeting, told residents and local businesses he had campaigned for the route to be moved.  Among other reasons he said the new route would save residents disruption on the A42 and save the government money.  He said he was against HS2 in principle but this was not a view that was getting any significant parliamentary support.  He had no answer to questions about why he thought these benefits were worth more than the problems created by the re-route or why he had failed to find out about those newly affected.

Sonia Liff, Chair of MAPA HS2 Action, said:

“We were devastated when a route, rejected in 2013 as a more damaging option, re-emerged in 2016. 

“We are, however, delighted that the District and County Council are listening to our case. Our group has the support of all four Parish Councils affected and local people are collecting information about the impact of this new route on all aspects of our lives.  Our success so far shows the power of local people getting together. 

We encourage everyone concerned to join us via our website www.mapahs2action.org.uk or by completing a form or at Measham Leisure Centre, and to let us know what is important to them, and help us make our case as strong as possible”.

 

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