‘Horrendous’ consequences for people living near proposed rail route

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The chairman of an HS2 protest group is warning residents of the ‘horrendous’ consequences facing those near the proposed track.

Peter Howarth, of the Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group, is urging members of the public worried about the £43 billion scheme to show their support.

Residents of Station Road, Killamarsh, who fear their homes will be demolished to make way for the new high speed railway.

Residents of Station Road, Killamarsh, who fear their homes will be demolished to make way for the new high speed railway.

An unspecified number of demolitions are to take place around the Station Road area of Killamarsh and residents near the proposed route are unable to sell their homes due to planning blight.

The protest group’s latest meeting was attended by Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire – and Mr Howarth said it was vital others joined the fight against the project.

He said: “Our aim is to continue to raise awareness of the plight of every tax paying individual in this great country of ours.

“People will have to subsidise fully the ever-increasing cost of HS2, all for the sake of getting you into London 10 minutes early.

“This money would be better spent helping our ailing NHS. Nurses deserve the financial input more than some train to London that has had scant regard for the people who are going to fund it, or the environment it is going to demolish.

“Homes will be blighted and that will affect the value of it. The Trans-Pennine Trail will be destroyed and businesses will be lost.”

He said residents in Beighton and Sothall also needed to be aware of the threat of HS2, with the planned route set to skirt the area.

Mr Howarth said: “The Rother Valley will never be the same.”

The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group’s next meeting is on Thursday, August 8, at Killamarsh Leisure Centre, starting at 7pm.