HS2 communities look to tunnel petitions

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Now is the time to fight and save Burton Green by joining calls for an all important HS2 tunnel, say campaigners.

Villagers in the soon-to-be blighted community are calling for the high speed rail line to go under their homes rather than through them.

And after being told the plan is likely to be too costly by HS2 Ltd, residents are urged to make the demand through petitions in the coming months.

Archie Taylor, village resident and anti-HS2 campaigner, spoke at a public meeting on Monday to gain support.

And that ss the deadline for responses to the developer’s environmental impact consultation has now passed, residents must make sure they know what is coming next.

“This is about getting people together at a crucial time so we can move forward with petitioning,” he said.

“What we are advocating is a tunnel which would save the village by sparing our houses.

“To go under the houses would stop HS2 killing off half of the village. But we are told that this is not going to happen because of the cost.

“Lots of villages want tunnels, but this is one hell of a community and we will use that to our advantage.”

Over 60 houses in Burton Green could be affected by the train line running through the village as currently planned, and some will have to be bulldozed to make way for the line.

Villagers are calling for a tunnel to run from Kenilworth Road and Crackley Lane to Berskwell - around seven kilometres in total.

All residents are called to help, regardless of views on the need or nature of the train from London to Birmingham.

The consultation on the environmental statement ended on Thursday. The next step is the second reading of the hybrid bill in Parliament which is expected to happen sometime in April or May.

After this, there will be an opening for petitions to be submitted on any matters which they feel have not been addressed, or not been adequately addressed, to date.

Ian Cox, chair of Burton Green Parish Council also spoke to residents on Monday about how to go about petitioning when the time is right.

And it was made clear that previous information stating that only points raised by the end of Thursday’s consultation could be petitioned over, was false.

A HS2 statement reads: “It is also not true that people have to respond to the consultation if they want to petition against the HS2 Bill.

“An individual, group of individuals or organisation that is directly and specially affected by the provisions in the bill can submit a petition after the second reading.”