HS2 would be an eyesore and create noise pollution in a rural area, says Davenham Parish Council, which has come out against Phase 2b of the high speed rail scheme.
The views feature in the council’s response to a consultation over planned changes to the route of the proposed rail line between Crewe and Manchester.
The council is against the route, in particular the Middlewich to Pickmere realignment, because of concerns over the structural stability of the line, and the risks posed by the line passing over or very near to an underground gas storage works.
The council is also concerned about the impact of the line on traffic, businesses and the economy and the destruction of a proposed economic area, and says the line would have a disproportionate impact on the environment.
“The proposed route not only cuts through this picturesque landscape, but does so raised for a significant proportion of the length through the parish,” said parish clerk Vicky Stock on behalf of the council in its consultation response.
“It will not only be an eyesore to those who live in the area but also the noise pollution associated with the new line will be in stark contrast to the current rural scene.
“The intended viaduct also passes within metres of Grade Two listed buildings in the parish.
"Given the alternative options available to route HS2 avoiding the parish of Davenham, it is suggested one of these alternative routes must be put forward as the preferred option.”
The council said the route proposed had missed the potential for track collapse and a major gas explosion, and the potential to destroy economic development and 'srtunning' countryside.