A few weeks ago I reported on HS2’s Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) The report sets out the possible environmental impacts HS2 will have on the areas it goes through. As ward councillor for Toton and Chilwell Meadows, I am particularly concerned about what this could mean for residents in Toton. At the Jobs and Economy Committee (the committee responsible for providing feedback on the WDES) I made three recommendations: a) HS2 should not use Stapleford Lane (B6003) or Banks Road as ‘access roads’ for construction vehicles b) HS2 should remove Greenwood Community Centre from the area known as the ‘construction area’ and c) HS2 should remove the Nature Reserve from the construction area. It was suggested (by the Leader of the Labour group, which I thank)) that the proposals should go before Full Council on 19th December as they would hold more weight if Full Council voted on them.
At Full Council the proposals were put before 44 councillors and were voted through. However, I was not happy with the way the ‘access road proposal’ was worded as I felt it provided too much ‘wriggle room’. I, therefore, suggested that the wording should be tightened to ensure the wording was unambiguous. I’m happy to report that the amendment was agreed and our feedback is now with HS2.
I’ll keep you posted on what’s next but it’d be great if you could sign our petition to mitigate the impacts of HS2. You can sign by clicking on the following link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/mitigate-h2s-impact-on-toton-nottinghamshire