WHATEVER your thoughts are regards the decision to give HS2 the green light. That green light currently stops at Crewe.

It is quite right further review is needed to consider how to deliver connectivity, value for money and our environment going north.

I remember being in a meeting with HS2 discussing environment and water drainage with engineers shortly after the local storms and floods in August.

The design of open field drains going into holding ponds and ultimately flowing into the river Bollin was designed to cope with a one in a hundred year flooding event plus 40 per cent flow. What occurred that August was unprecedented rainfall of 19mm in just eight hours. If HS2 had been built as planned this event would have overwhelmed the system and caused extensive further flooding.

We must factor in environment as we look to find the best solution of providing connectivity across the north and to HS2 at Crewe, if it does ever get there.

Nigel Hennerley, Cheshire East Green Party