In July 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport published the West Midlands to Leeds section of the HS2 Phase 2b route.
What followed is known as the Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES). This working document identifies the environmental impacts HS2 will have on the surrounding area. As ward councillor for Toton and Chilwell Meadows I am particularly concerned about the impacts it will have on residents near the HS2 station.
The WDES states that the Greenwood Community Centre could be demolished during the construction of HS2 and that Toton Nature Reserve will be significantly reduced. I am very concerned about the prospect of losing a community centre and over a third of the local nature reserve – as many others are! Another concern of mine is that of construction traffic – HS2 should not use Stapleford Lane and Banks Road during construction.
I have already responded to the consultation outlining my case, but we need to do more!
That’s why we have created an online petition, seeking assurances that H2S will adhere to certain restrictions and guarantee they’ll remove the centre and nature reserve out of the ‘construction area’. I’d be most grateful if you can sign our petition by visiting https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/mitigate-h2s-impact-on-toton-nottinghamshire
As a member of the Jobs and Economy Committee, I’ll be raising these issues at our next meeting which takes place on 17th December. I’ll be asking the Council to go further in protecting our local assets by tapping into the community fund HS2 have set up to compensate communities affected.
I’ll keep you updated but if you’d like to discuss this further, please contact me on 07918 552 317.