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Mar 14, 2017
Category: Press Releases

Will Mapa’s Submission Stop HS2 in its Tracks


MAPA HS2 Action Group has submitted its extensive case detailing why the Secretary of State for Transport should reject the proposed re- routing of HS2 around the East of Measham and Appleby Magna.

Their 24 page document highlights the following reasons why this this route has a greater effect on the communities and the environment, than the previously proposed route. 

This includes:

In all 888 jobs may be affected, 674 existing jobs and 138 that are planned, in premises to be demolished or seriously affected if HS2 is built on the proposed line. 35 businesses would be affected, which generate at least £76m worth of annual economic activity, of which over £31m is spent locally, within 30 miles of the business premises.

The impacts of the proposed route are severe, both for residents and their environment. If built along the proposed route, people living in Appleby Magna and Measham would be the meat in a noisy sandwich, exposed to the peaks of high volumes of noise caused by HS2 trains passing about every 3 minutes, from 6am to 12pm, to the east of both villages and the roar of traffic from the A42 / M42 from the west. These same noise concerns will affect the peace at the cemeteries in Measham and Packington, with graveside burial services also being interrupted.

Residents in Packington and Austrey would also be more exposed to higher noise levels as the route runs nearer to these settlements. All the four villages fear the effect of noise on the ability of the five schools close to the line to function effectively. MAPA’s submission contains a detailed critique of how inadequate HS2 Ltd’s assessment of noise impacts has been so far and argues that teaching will be constantly interrupted by the noise of passing trains. In addition, the proposed line would put an end to outdoor learning activities in the school grounds.

The impact on the environment is also more severe. The proposed route is much closer to the Conservation Areas in Appleby Magna and Packington as well as Appleby Magna’s prized Grade 1 listed Sir John Moore School, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The tranquil settings of all these locations and the listed buildings they contain, would be destroyed if HS2 trains were to be allowed to thunder past them.

The River Mease SAC was of concern when this section of the line was originally being discussed. One reason for initially choosing the Western route round Measham was that the line would cross the River Mease at the narrowest point of its floodplain. Now HS2 Ltd are proposing a longer and lower and crossing, but without any evidence on what the impact on the River Mease SAC will be as “more design work” needs to be undertaken. In other words, they have yet to solve this problem, even though this route is being recommended.

The intention to restore the Ashby Canal through Measham, as part of a broader regeneration project aimed at making Measham a tourist and leisure centre, is also under threat from this proposal. Boaters will be presented with a far from relaxing approach to Measham along the canal, Rather they will experience the visual intrusion of a high speed rail viaduct and the roar of trains passing from early in the morning to midnight. This is hardly going to make Measham a popular boating destination, even if HS2 Ltd can work out how the route is going to go over or under the canal as this was not identified as a problem when this route was proposed.

Then there is the problem of the cost of replacing the Packington Sewerage Works (£25m) and the Mobile Mast on Appleby Hill (£5m) to add to the tale of woe which this proposed route represents. This is before an account has to be taken of its impact on the National Forest and the connections that all the local villages affected have to it. This is especially the case for Appleby Magna and Measham. Islanded as they would be between the rail line and the M42 / A42, against HS2 planning policy, the fear is that many of the roads and footpaths eastwards would be permanently lost, isolating these communities from their attractive hinterlands.

A copy of MAPA’s set of objections can be down loaded from the MAPA HS2 Action Group website at “Response to reroute consultation, March 2017”

Steve Leary, MAPA‘s Media Spokesperson said

“The story of HS2 is supposed to be one about hope that this great infrastructure project is to bring thousands of jobs and economic growth to larges areas of the UK. However, for us affected by this proposal to re-route HS2 to the east of Appleby Magna and Measham, its effect will be the exact opposite, one of despair if this route is adopted. Despair over the loss of nearly 700 jobs and over 100 job opportunities. Despair over the destruction of homes and businesses. Despair over the blighting of so many homes for 17 or more years until the line is built and despair over the loss of access to much of the local countryside.

HS2 Ltd has to do better than this, than just scoring a line on a map and then hoping that no one poses major objections to it. No prior consultations were done with the affected parties, HS2 Ltd acted in ignorance of new housing developments at Nursery Fields in Measham and forgot about the plans to restore the Ashby Canal. This acting in ignorance has provoked much of the opposition to this proposed route.

For an area which will only suffer costs and get little, if any benefits, we hope that now we have provided a detailed local informed view explaining the problems, HS2 Ltd will stop in their tracks and think again”.

 

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Mar 14, 2017
Category: Press Releases

Will Mapa’s Submission Stop HS2 in its Tracks

MAPA HS2 Action Group has submitted its extensive case detailing why the Secretary of State for Transport should reject the proposed re- routing of HS2 around the East of Measham and Appleby Magna.

Their 24 page document highlights the following reasons why this this route has a greater effect on the communities and the environment, than the previously proposed route. 

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Feb 19, 2017
Category: Press Releases

766 jobs at risk from HS2

At least 766 jobs are at risk claim MAPA HS2 Action, if the eastern ‘Measham Loop’, route is chosen by HS2

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Jan 30, 2017
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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.

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Jan 19, 2017
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Lack of planning by HS2 ltd meant that people were turned away from HS2 event

At least 1,075 people streamed into the Appleby Park Best Weston Hotel yesterday to see what information they could glean from HS2 Ltd over the proposed new ‘East’ route for the High Speed Train around the Measham area.

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Jan 5, 2017
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Packed meeting launches MAPA HS2 Action

Initially, 110 people crowded into a room meant for 50 to set about the daunting task of how to object to the new ‘East’ HS2 route around Appleby Magna and Measham, which, it has now been suggested, is the best local route for the High Speed HS2. Many people from these two villages were there, including the Chairpersons of the two Parish Councils. Also present were the Chairpersons of Austrey and Packington Parish Councils, since this new proposed route will have a greater impact on these two villages than the route previously suggested.

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