The impact on our communities

The impact on our communities

 

HS2 affects us all.Local blight has already started and we have been living with it since the preferred route for Phase 2 was first announced in January 2013. It has already affected our property values and the lives and futures of many living in our local area.  If it goes ahead we will suffer massive disruption and an environmental impact which will damage the lives of local residents forever.

In the following pictures we have selected only a few of the fantastic buildings that we are privileged to be near.

 

hall Within our beautiful landscape you can see the grade 2 listed,Ingestre Hall,  a 17 century Jacobean mansion, once the home of the High Sherriff of Staffordshire and Earl of Shrewsbury.

 

In Tixall you can admire the wonderful grade 1 listed, 16th century Tixall gatehouse. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1586.  hall2

 

 stables
In Ingestre you will find the grade 2 listed stables. Built in 1885 by the 20th Earl of Shrewsbury.Now home to the Ingestre riding stables. 

 

Back in Tixall you can see the stunning grade 2 listed Tixall Mews.Built in c1830 for the Clifford family of Tixall Hall. mews

If HS2 is not stopped whilst these building will still be there, the vistas will also include:

 

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This not scaremongering, these are actual images of HS1. If we do nothing, this is what we can expect!

The Local Blight

 

The local blight has already started and we have been living with it since the proposed route for Phase 2 of HS2 was first announced in January 2013.  The blight will take three forms:

  • A reduction in property values
  • Construction blight.
  • On-going blight once the route is operational. 

 

Reduction in property values

Local property values have already been reduced by the threat of HS2! Many local residents have already lost tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds off the value of their property, because of the threat of HS2! People considering moving in to the area are unable to obtain mortgages and the numbers seeking to move to the local area will diminish if HS2 goes ahead further depressing prices. During construction, road closures, diversions and movements of heavy traffic will spread blight beyond that of the immediate vicinity of the route of HS2, affecting prices on those roads and surrounding areas.  Compensation schemes proposed so far do not even begin to address the issue for most people.

Construction blight

The construction work for HS2 will take 9 years and will affect our local area enormously for much of that time. Literally millions of tons of material will have to be removed and building materials moved in. Given the physical scale of the project, massive amounts of plant and construction equipment will be needed to dig out cuttings, build embankments and viaducts and construct the rail lines and associated electrical power supplies.

Given the geographical location of our villages, it will not be possible for this plant and construction equipment to access the site via Great Haywood or via Holdiford Road. New access roads may have to be built or Tixall Road may have to be widened or restricted to single lane traffic causing much disruption. Many roads will have to be closed for periods to enable the construction of the viaduct between Great Haywood and Hoo Mill Lane crossroads.

As if not bad enough already, things may be far worse then we anticipate. HS2 have said that near major viaducts, and the Great Haywood to Hoo Mill Lane crossroads is a major viaduct, “there may be an additional area for pre-casting concrete structures, containing casting beds, a ready-mix concrete plant, storage areas and cranes”.

HS2 have also disclosed that their general plan is to source aggregates (sand and gravel) from sources as close to the point of use as possible, including the option of new extraction sites to achieve this. The Trent and Sow river valleys are rich in sand and gravel deposits (and are designated mineral reserves) and, as a result, it is possible that sand/gravel extraction workings will spring up in our area to supply the local construction sites.

Local residents will suffer years of construction blight including traffic disruption, noise, vibration, views, construction sites, lighting, and dust.

Operational Blight

HS2 high-speed trains will devastate the countryside and blight homes along the whole route. The trains will be up to 400 metres long and will travel at speeds up to 225 mph with potential to go to 250 mph. It is proposed that when fully operational there will be 18 trains an hour, in each direction, one every 100 seconds.

We believe that all of our local area will affected by the noise, in some cases vibration and in all cases the visual impact of HS2.

There are many listed building buildings within our local area which by their very nature are considered to be of national significance. Vibration and noise from the construction and the operation of the HS2 line, may have a considerable impact on these historic buildings.

You will be affected by HS2, do not leave it to others act now and oppose HS2!