Residents oppose high speed rail line

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Residents in two North Derbyshire villages have vowed to fight plans for high-speed rail.

Homes and business in Killamarsh and Renishaw face demolition if the HS2 line gets the go-ahead.

About 50 residents attended a meeting held by campaign organisation, Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group, to learn more about the plans.

The Government wants to build the high speed line linking London with Leeds, via Sheffield, passing through the two villages en route, leading to the demolition of properties particularly along Station Road in Killamarsh.

Peter Howarth, group chairman, said: “There’s an argument Killamarsh will become an island if the line happens.”

Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, and representatives from Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Canal Trust, were also present.

Ms Engel, one of just a handful of MPs to vote against the plans in parliament, said: “I think if you went around every house in the UK you would find very few people who support it.”

But the meeting heard Derbyshire Council is backing the line. Coun Andy Botham, deputy cabinet member for transport, said: “We are in favour of HS2 and we are in favour of managing the impact on residents and maximising the benefits.”

But residents called for the line to be axed.

One told the meeting: “We don’t want it moved, because that pushes the problem onto someone else. We want it stopped.”