“Rotherham is not served at all by the proposals, but suffers the devastating impact of the line.”
I was pleased today to read in full Rotherham’s formal response to the HS2 consultation. Our reply from Cllr Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council outlined fully the reasons why RMBC continues to back the Meadowhall option and not support the proposal to amend the route.
This was of course in line with the Council’s resolution of 7th September 2016 which states that:
“This council resolves to:
- Oppose the intent to re-route HS”.
- Work with our MPS and other like-minded councils to identify the most beneficial transport infrastructure.”
In the full council meeting of 7th December I had questioned the Leader on progress made since the Council resolution as I wanted to ensure that the concerns of Rother Vale residents were being heard, in particular since the Government updated the Sustainability Statements in November of that year, highlighting detrimental noise and visual impacts on the villages of Thurcroft and Brampton-en-le-Morthen in particular.
You can view the exchange here: http://rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/257164
I continue to support residents who do not want this proposal and agree that it is essential that the government re-thinks what they are doing before they cause even more damage to communities.