18:09 Tuesday 19 February 2013

Council set to formally object to HS2 plan

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

COUNCIL chiefs in the region are set to formally declare their opposition to plans to bring high-speed rail to the area.

North West Leicestershire District Council has announced its intention to object to the proposed route of HS2, which is set to impact heavily on the area.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said that the district would receive ‘all of the pain and none of the gain’ from the project, after the Government’s proposed route was unveiled last month.

Alison Smith, deputy leader of the district council, said: “The proposed route for the track within the district will have significant negative impact on our businesses and our prospects for economic growth, not least by removing two major employment sites and two major hotels in the district.

“Therefore North West Leicestershire District Council objects to the proposed HS2 route on the basis that there is no positive impact on the district, its residents and businesses.”

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