Calls for a united voice to fight HS2 plans in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire

An example of the high speed HS2 train
An example of the high speed HS2 train
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The chairman of a HS2 protest group has thrown his weight behind campaigners in Tinsley who face losing their homes to make way for high-speed rail.

Peter Howarth, of the Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group, is calling for a collective voice from people concerned about the £43 billion scheme.

Every house on Greasbro Road, in Tinsley, is to be demolished, along with an unspecified number properties around the Station Road area of Killamarsh to make way for the new railway line.

HS2 will see a new high speed railway line built linking London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Under current route proposals, due to be approved towards the end of this year, Sheffield’s new HS2 station will be based at Meadowhall.

Mr Howarth said a collective voice was needed to lobby the Government, and offered his help to residents in the Tinsley and Wincobank areas.

He said: “We would seriously look at linking up with them. There is certainly mileage in us helping them to sort a group. We need an action group in every area that will be affected.

“Everything we do is about having a collective voice and lobbying the Government. It is pointless in people just having a moan, they need to get their voices heard.”

Mr Howarth said residents in Killamarsh, Renishaw and Staveley are stepping up their campaign against the plans, which they claim will cause huge disruption.

Around 2,000 flyers will be posted through doors informing residents of the HS2 plans and how it will affect them.

Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire - one of just a handful of MPs to vote against the plans in parliament - is setting up meetings so residents to find out more about the plans.

Mr Howarth said: “While numbers at our meetings are increasing, we still don’t seem to be able to reach the majority of people that are affected.

“Apathy is a major problem. We are upping our ante to get people on board.”

The next meeting of Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group at Killamarsh Leisure Centre, on Thursday March 26 at 7pm. To contact Mr Howarth call 07882118917 or email petemh@tiscalli.co.uk