Doncaster Council is calling for an urgent review of HS2 following close scrutiny of its Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES).
In its consultation response, the council has called HS2’s document misleading and deplores attempts to underplay the impact of the proposed scheme on residents, businesses and the economy.
Doncaster Council states the plans require a considerable amount of further explanation to give a fair representation of the truth.
Commenting on the council’s WDES consultation response, Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:
“This is a deliberate and calculated attempt to underplay the impacts of HS2 and an urgent review is needed if we are to restore public confidence that the scheme does offer value for money for UK plc.
“In light of rumoured spiralling costs, the increasing impacts on residential property and the growing effects on business and employment, the government needs to step in and review what is going on with HS2.
“We consider the estimate of 170 local job losses arising from the proposed scheme is wholly unacceptable, given that most of these will occur in areas of greatest deprivation.
“The ‘drip feed’ approach to stating the impacts on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough shows utter contempt for the residents whose lives are affected. HS2 Limited has missed another opportunity to come clean over the real impacts of HS2 on Shimmer residents.
“We are appalled by the approach of HS2 and a thorough investigation is now essential.”
Doncaster Council considers the lengths of diversions of Public Rights of Way and the loss of amenity as unacceptable. The permanent closure of Red Hill Lane will be challenged through Select Committee, if necessary.
There is a minimum 40% increase in land take at Clayton Junction over what could have been anticipated at the HS2 Route Consultation stage. The council calls on HS2 Limited to construct a physical three dimensional model of the junction to help people to understand the massive impact the junction will have on Clayton and the surrounding landscape.
To read Doncaster Council’s WDES consultation response in full download the document below:
- Doncaster Council's HS2 Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) consultation response
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