Borough councillors will be meeting the technical director of HS2 Limited and setting up community meetings over the proposed route of the high-speed rail line, which looks likely to seriously affect Yarlet, Swynnerton and Walton Heath.
Speaking at the Full Council on Tuesday 29th January, leader Cllr Mike Heenan said councillors with wards affected by the proposed route would be able to ‘question and get advice’ from the technical director of HS2 Limited, Andrew McNaughton, at a meeting on 12th February. He added that they would be arranging meetings throughout the various areas of the borough to get feedback from local people affected by the proposed line.
This comes after Stone MP Bill Cash called a public meeting that will be held at Swynnerton Park Cricket Club at 1pm on Saturday 2nd February.
Speaking at the Full Council meeting, Councillor Heenan said he had been liaising with Mike Maryon, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council.
He said: “We have agreed to work jointly with the communities which are affected to ensure HS2 Limited understand the impact the proposed route will have within our borough. The route proposed through Stafford Borough will seriously affect a number of our rural communities, as well as many farms and rural businesses.
“I know the announcement will be a devastating blow to many individuals and businesses and I see it as a responsibility of this Council to assist our local communities in making representations to HS2 Limited and Government on the proposals and to mitigate their impact on local communities.”
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