CONCERNED residents in North West Leicestershire are to be given the chance to have their say on controversial plans to bring high-speed rail to their doorstep.
A series of meetings have been arranged in the district with council bosses keen to amass as much evidence as possible as to why the plan shouldn’t go ahead before a consultation on the plan ends in January.
It follows a new twist in the HS2 saga after the all-party Public Accounts Committee said the scheme’s costs has spiralled and its benefits dwindled.
The Government’s survival of a judicial review earlier this year appeared to make any hopes of derailing the plan forlorn, but the latest criticism could provide a glimmer of hope to those hoping to stave off the plans.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin remained undeterred in the face of the criticism, insisting the project was ‘vitally important’ for Britain’s economic future.
Parts of North West Leicestershire, including Ashby and Measham, are set to be directly affected by the route.
A meeting will be held in Spital Park Pavilion, Castle Donington, from 6pm on September 18, with further meetings organised in Measham in November and Ashby in December.
Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton, said: “We are urging Government to rethink HS2, as Leicestershire will be getting all the pain and none of the gain. It is important that all local residents have their say about the HS2 proposals.”