John Whitehouse

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I’ve submitted my response to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement

by John Whitehouse on 23 February, 2014

hs2Today I’ve sent off my response to the HS2 Phase1 Environmental Statement. The final deadline for this is 11:59pm on 27 February 2014.

The full text of my response is here: JW response to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement FINAL

As the county councillor representing the community of Burton Green, much of my response addresses the total inadequacy of the current HS2 proposals to mitigate the devastating impact which the current HS2 plan will have on this small, vibrant semi-rural community. The only mitigation option which would fully protect the village is a deep bore tunnel, something which HS2 Ltd accepts is technically feasible but which it will not accept on cost grounds. What price the life and well-being of a whole community?

Greenway-011-webI’ve also highlighted the major impacts of HS2 on the Kenilworth Greenway and the Connect2Kenilworth walking/cycling route linking the town of Kenilworth to the University of Warwick. The current HS2 proposals will make this route virtually unusable throughout the years of construction. Thousands of local people voted to win the funds to create this much-loved local amenity, and use it regularly throughout the year. If HS2 goes ahead, no efforts should be spared to keep the route fully open and viable throughout the years of construction, and to restore it to its former glory afterwards.

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