Trowell HS2 campaigners to meet to discuss ‘unanswered’ questions
Residents in Trowell are being rallied together for a meeting to share their thoughts on the controversial HS2 project.
The meeting will take place at 7.15pm on Tuesday, February 7 at Trowell Parish Hall, in Stapleford Road.
Members of the Stop HS2 Trowell group are leading the meeting, and say it is a chance for residents to find out more about what the scheme entails, and for those who may have “apathy” against the venture to look into the finer details.
Resident Geoff Cotton has lived in Trowell Park for 29 years and says the line will be 240 metres from his home.
He said HS2 is classifying Trowell as urban, when as a village it should be rural, ruling residents out of compensation.
Mr Cotton said: “The objective is to create greater awareness within the village of what’s actually involved in HS2. When the HS2 people were at the previous meeting, a lot of people walked away thinking HS2 don’t know Trowell at all.
“Some residents didn’t come because I don’t think they understand how they are going to be affected and the amount of work that’s going to be done in the village.
“Some of those who attended must have walked away with various issues and thoughts. This meeting is a chance to find out whether there are any issues we need to look at again or take them back to HS2 or bring up with Anna Soubry.
“Nobody is going to get a penny because we are classed as urban. We are trying to market ourselves as Stop HS2, but if we can’t stop it, we need to try and get the best deal we can for Trowell.
“There is a lot of apathy if it’s not going to pass people’s homes, but there’s going to be nine years of work going on through Trowell and into Nottingham. It’s not just going to affect Trowell, it’s going to affect people going in and out of Nottingham. It’s a very, very busy road.
“People need to realise when they look out of the window, HS2 is going to be higher than the motorway. On HS2’s map, the line looks so tiny, but if you bring it up on a computer screen, you can see how close it is to all the houses.
“If we can’t stop it, we might be able to influence what they do with the area and make life a little bit easier for the people of Trowell.”
Fellow resident Lyn Harley urged locals to be “proactive” by attending the meeting.
An HS2 spokesperson said: “HS2 will deliver major benefits to East Midlands, including Trowell. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dramatically improve journeys between the Midlands and the North, and London, boosting capacity, improving connectivity and helping to rebalance the national economy.
“It is also becoming integral to local plans to drive business growth, create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives.
“As part of these plans, we want to create a hub station at Toton – less than four miles from Trowell. The journey from Toton to Birmingham is reduced to 20 minutes, Toton to Leeds 27 minutes and Toton to London to 52 minutes. This means it will be the most connected HS2 station on the network outside of London.”
HS2 say that under current proposals, Trowell is currently considered urban because it is located so near Toton. But residents who have a different view have an opportunity to comment.
For more information about the property compensation-related consultation click here.
To find out more about the meeting, search for Stop HS2 Trowell on Facebook.