Councillors will spend up to £77,000 seizing their ‘last chance’ to save Kenilworth and Burton Green from HS2 devastation.
Warwick District Council’s (WDC’s) executive this week approved the spend to petition the Government over the Hybrid Bill and fight for the very best deal for its blighted residents.
Burton Green has been highlighted as the most affected community along the London to Birmingham route as 61 homes fall within 120 metres of the proposed track.
WDC leader Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Con, Parkhill) said with the bill progressing through Parliament, and still no acceptable scheme for Kenilworth and Burton Green, things need to be done now.
“In areas like Burton Green, the misery this railway line will cause is unparalleled to our residents,” he said.
“We musts take this as out last big chance and oppose this however we can.
“It is about protecting our communities and the council has always been fully committed to doing that.”
The petition will now go to full council where it is expected to receive the support needed to proceed.
Cllr David Shilton (Con, Parkhill) urged that it was vital the county is not brought to its knees because of HS2.
“Mitigation does not stop with houses being knocked down,” he said.
“The transport system will suffer and roads will be closed. There will be considerable traffic through our towns which will have a devastating impact on our shopping areas.”
Costs of petitioning were initially set around £70,000 but at Wednesday’s meeting it was found this may rise to around £77,000.
A statement from HS2 Ltd states that petitions must be presented in person on the parliamentary estate in Westminster.
Valid petitions will be heard before the Select Committee and changes may be made accordingly.