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Measham Parish Council

Serving the people of Measham

Clerk: Dawn Roach
c/o Measham Leisure Centre
off High Street, Measham
Derbyshire DE12 7HR

Tel: 01530 589583

2016 Consultation

Measham Parish Council approved the following consultation responses at their meeting of 9th February 2017.

MAPA (Measham, Appleby, Packington & Austrey HS2 Action

  • MAPA Reroute Submission (PDF, 3.3 Mb)

    Submission from MAPA, (Measham, Appleby, Packington & Austrey HS2 Action) on the reroute of HS2).

Consultation Information

The Government has announced its preferred route for the next phase of HS2. Two consultations have been held, Route Refinement 2016 which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jlyjknw and Property Consultation 2016 which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/j2sutn4

The property consultation book showing the different coloured banding can be viewed here www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/567677/Leeds_Volume1.pdf

The consultation closed on 9th March.

For details about the local action group, please go to www.mapahs2action.org.uk

For enquiries email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk or telephone freephone 08081 434 434.

2013 Consultation

November 2013 Statement from Parish Council with reference to the Consultation on Governments preferred route for HS2.

At the parish Council meeting on 14th November 2013, following the analysis of the results of a consultation questionnaire with the residents of Measham, (details below) it was agreed that the Parish Council would oppose the Government's proposals for HS2 Phase 2, on the following grounds:

Measham Parish Council has the following concerns:

a. the concept of HS2 is flawed, in so much that the undertaking will not give the tax payer value for money, and that the information on the future supposed benefits to this Country is based on guesswork and on figures which have no foundation. The siting of the nearest station to Measham at Toton, would negate any time saving from HS2, and increase road traffic. The time quoted by HS2 Ltd for journey times between Nottingham city centre and Toton does not stand up to scrutiny, as they have failed to demonstrate how they would deliver this.

b. There will be no benefit to the residents or businesses of Measham, but there will be a detrimental effect on the well-being of the local inhabitants, due to noise pollution, and to the beautiful countryside, and wildlife.

c. There will be a detrimental effect on the National Forest, with the fragmentation of woodland, contrary to the recommendations of the Lawton Review of 2010. There will also be destruction of re-forested woodland, and this will also affect the recreational activities of our residents due to footpaths being crossed by the preferred route.

d. Due to the proposed very extensive roadworks required around this village, if these plans are adopted, the population of this village will be severely affected by the disruption caused. This has already blighted the village, with the anticipation of the road closures, heavy equipment, noise and air pollution. This blight extends to the value of properties, and it is expected that house prices in the area will reduce or remain static, at a time when house prices in other parts of the country are expected to rise by 25% over the next 5 years – therefore making it difficult to relocate without increasing mortgage commitments. The blight on the residents of the village will continue, should the Government's proposal be accepted, with the 12 – 18 trains going through the village every hour.

e. Measham, being within the National Forest, would have hoped to benefit from increased tourism due to its location, and to the fact that long term plans include the extension of the Ashby Canal. These include building a Wharf in Measham, and having a Marina close by.

f. Most countries which have High Speed trains, have been in operation for up to eight years. If the time scale for HS2 is correct, it will be 20 -25 years behind those countries, and they will, more than likely, have become outdated due to advances in Communication technology.

Therefore Measham Parish Council objects to the proposed HS2 and to the Government's preferred route.

However, if the Government chooses to ignore the public's concerns about the flawed financial benefits forecasted, and the disastrous and long term effects on the countryside, the environment and the welfare of the people of our village, and other communities along the preferred route, we would ask that:

a. Works on roads in the vicinity of our village are properly staged, so that inconvenience to the residents is kept to a minimum.

b. The proposed route of the Ashby Canal is considered, and that:

i. Tunnels are constructed under A42 and HS2 to allow the Canal to be constructed as planned

ii. Finances are made available to allow the Ashby Canal to be joined from its present location to the Donisthorpe section of Canal.

c. Effective sound proofing is put along the whole route to protect the wellbeing of the residents of Measham.

d. Compensation is paid to all who suffer disruption to their lives from construction work, e.g travel delays and additional cleaning from air pollution etc.

If anyone one wishes to find out more information about HS2, please go to www.hs2.org.uk

The consultation on the proposed phase 2 closed on 31st January 2014.