Make sure you know of the “devastating effects” HS2 construction could have on Kenilworth before it is too late, urge worried councillors.
Kenilworth Town Council has a hard copy of the newly released Hybrid Bill now out for public consumption.
And residents are reminded it is “vital” that they take a look and realise the huge effects which will come to the town while there is still time to have a say.
Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey), urged at the council’s last meeting that the bill - the biggest to be submitted to date- should be read by as many people as possible.
And as it only has a small section relating to Kenilworth, is written in ‘plain English’ and accompanied by explanatory notes, there is no reason why it can’t be accessed by all.
“A lot of people do not know the enormity of what is planned here,” he said. And I am not sure if people really know how bad it will be.
“We are talking about huge work at Crackley which will be enormous. And out of nine roads into Kenilworth, five could be closed during construction. The land take will be huge and much of this to the West of the Fosse Way is Greenbelt and the impact on the town will be great.”
Proposals during construction of the high speed line between London and Birmingham include to close Dalehouse Lane for anywhere up to 18 months at a time, reroute the brook at Crackley and close off up to half of the town’s entrances and exits at any one time. Reiterating the need to get to know the plans, Cllr John Cooke (Con, Abbey) said: “You need to go through this whatever way you look at HS2. This will be a disaster for our town as it is being built and people should make time to go through it.
“The sheer scale of this work and the amount of land required while it is being built is twice that we thought in our wildest dreams.
“It is important that we tell people that we have these forms and urge them to look as it really is horrendous.”
Construction is expected to take years and councillors heard that the land take for it could be around the same as that planned for housing around Leamington and Warwick under the Local Plan.
Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Parkhill) described just weeks to respond over the Christmas period as “completely unacceptable”.
“A matter of weeks to do this is ridiculous, people cannot go through this in detail in that amount of time,” he said.
Cllr Michael Coker argued that now was the ideal time to have problems addressed before the bill continued through Parliament.