Why I don’t support HS2

Many of you will have heard that I recently voted against a motion put down by the Liberal Democrats (subsequently amended by my own party at Broxtowe Borough Council) in support of HS2.

As a Toton councillor, I could not support the motion as I do not believe HS2 will benefit the people or area I serve. Firstly, the cost of HS2 is now predicted to be over £100bn. In my opinion this would be better spent on improving regional and local infrastructure projects such as the electrification of the midland mainline, which would cost a fraction of HS2.

My second objection came from an environmental perspective. Earlier this year HS2 published their own Environmental Impact Assessment which was debated at the Jobs and Economy Committee. I spoke at the committee and laid down my objections based on the impact HS2 will have on the environment during and after construction. In Toton alone we are set to lose a significant amount of the local nature reserve. This loss cannot be returned.

Whilst I agreed with some aspects of the motion (for example giving compensation to residents who are affected by HS2) I could not, in good conscience, vote for something I do not agree with.

If you would like to discuss this further please email lee.fletcher@broxtowe.gov.uk or call me on 07918 552 317.

You can find the original motion by visiting https://democracy.broxtowe.gov.uk/documents/g271/Public%20reports%20pack%20Wednesday%2016-Oct-2019%2019.00%20Council.pdf?T=10