The need to minimise the impact of HS2 on communities in Tamworth and the surrounding villages will continue to be “championed” by the county council as plans for the high-speed rail line head towards Parliament.
The authority, together with Lichfield District Council – the local authority for villages west and north of the town – and community groups, has already submitted a case to HS2 Ltd, for mitigating the impact of the first phase of the high-speed rail project.
A Hybrid Bill on HS2 is expected to presented to Parliament before the end of the year and will set out the work for the London to West Midlands link, including where the work will take place and the land that will be required.
The council is waiting to assess the content of the bill, but this week Cabinet agreed to recommend to Full Council the idea of petitioning against the bill if necessary to protect the interests of Staffordshire.
Communities potentially affected by phase two in and around Tamworth including Whittington, Handsacre, Shuttington, Seckington, Newton Regis, Thorpe Constantine and Clifton Campville, Hints, Drayton Bassett, Kingsbury, Curdworth, Water Orton and Coleshill. Parts of the proposed route will follow the M42 corridor taking the last past the outskirts of Wilnecote and Stonydelph, slicing through the Relay Business Park and Moto Services at Junction 10.
“If left unchallenged the proposed route for HS2 will cause unacceptable damage to our countryside and communities in Staffordshire.
“We are opposed to the scheme and are determined to continue to champion the Staffordshire voice and if necessary petitioning against the Hybrid Bill presents an opportunity to work with county partners to influence the current design and route,” said Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and infrastructure.
If both Phase One and Phase Two go ahead, the scheme will cut through 45 miles of Staffordshire as the route links up with Manchester and Leeds.
Once the Bill is introduced to Parliament individuals, groups and organisations “directly and specially affected” by the provisions of the bill may petition against it.