Will HS2 route petition help limit damage?

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Kenilworth is eagerly waiting news on its future after petitioning to try and steer HS2 in a ‘less destructive direction’.

Nationally, over 1,900 petitions calling for changes along the line have been submitted to the Government from town, district and county councillors, residents and action groups. Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey), who had a lead role in preparing the petitions for Kenilworth town and Warwick district councils, described the process as the only way to make sure factors that can be managed, are managed to prevent chaos.

“Whether you agree with HS2 or not, and we know the majority in Kenilworth does not, we will continue to do our bit to get the best mitigation for the town if the line is actually built,” he said.

Major points raised in the town council’s petition include the effect on the Crackley gap, watercourse realignment, impact on town centre trade during construction, traffic, and calls for greater compensation measures.

HS2 Ltd will now read through all petitions received along the route before they are seen by an independent committee for discussion and an in-depth review.

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