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Campaigners form super group to fight HS2 rail plans

By This is Tamworth  |  Posted: December 03, 2010

<P>Residents present thousands of letters of protest to Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher.</P>

Residents present thousands of letters of protest to Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher.

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting a proposed high speed rail route which could slice through countryside near Tamworth have joined forces to create a regional "super group" to try and get the plans stopped.

SNOW HS2, an acronym for Staffordshire and North Warwickshire against HS2, represents groups across Water Orton, Coleshill, Middleton, Hints, Drayton Bassett and Lichfield.

Organisers said the group represented a "coming together of communities blighted by HS2".

"SNOW HS2 has been formed so that we can all work together to raise awareness amongst local residents of the serious blight HS2 will bring to North Warwickshire and Staffordshire and to quash, through targeted PR campaigns, some of the mythical benefits those who support HS2 are peddling," said Ian Waddell, the chairman of the Middleton Action Group.

Meanwhile, more than 4,200 letters of objection have now been presented to Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher from residents near Tamworth who fear the rail route could be diverted closer to the town.

Residents had collected the letters from shoppers in town and had also visited Hopwas and Whittington as part of the campaign, organised by HS2 Tamworth Action Group.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, Christopher Pincher said thousands of people were concerned about the issue – and that the railway line could cause "great damage" to local communities.

Mr Pincher said: "Any route that skirts Mile Oak and Hopwas is just not acceptable and HS2 must realise that.

"The original Adonis plan also does damage from Drayton Bassett and Hints all the way to Boley Park and beyond in the Lichfield constituency. So HS2 must be made to think again."

The new line of route is likely to be announced before Christmas. There will then be a further five months in 2011 for further amendments to be proposed.

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