Hundreds expected at HS2 public meeting

Northwich Guardian: Hundreds expected at HS2 public meeting Hundreds expected at HS2 public meeting

ANTI-HS2 campaigners have invited MPs and council officials to a public meeting to discuss plans for the high speed train line that is planned to cut through mid Cheshire.

The Mid Cheshire Against HS2 Action Group has arranged the meeting at Greenheyes Farm, near Middlewich, to discuss the proposed route of the High Speed rail through the county and what can be done to stop it.

Whatcroft, Lach Dennis, Lostock Green, Lostock Gralam and Pickmere could all be affected if the plans for the Birmingham to Manchester leg are turned into a reality.

The proposed route will also cut through Tabley, Mere, Millington, Rostherne and Ashley, while Winsford and Middlewich will also be affected.

Attending the meeting will be Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP, Green Party campaigner Howard Thorp, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning and transport manager, Chris Hindle and Oliver Newham, senior campaigner for the Woodland Trust.

The public will also have the chance to question representatives from the two umbrella bodies that represent HS2 action groups on a national level – Stop HS2 and Action Groups Against High Speed Two (AGHAST).

Mid Cheshire Against HS2 Action Group member Ewen Simpson said: “There will be a great deal of data about HS2 as well as large scale maps and other means for the public to gain detailed knowledge of the effects of HS2.

“We’re expecting a lively debate – I can’t see it being a dull evening somehow.

“We have told the police we expect to see between 200 and 500 people.

“The public will be able, for the only time in Cheshire, question an MP, MEP, deputy leader of a political party, a top council officer and representatives from Stop HS2 and AGHAST.

“Whether for or against, the public will be able to see and hear both sides.”
The meeting will take place on Friday, July 12, at 7.30pm at Greenheyes Farm, Stanthorne, CW10 9JE.

For more information, visit mid-cheshire-against-hs2.co.uk

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