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Villagers invited to take a closer look at HS2 proposals

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 19, 2013

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RESIDENTS in a North West Leicestershire village are being invited to find out how incoming arrival of high-speed rail will affect them.

A meeting is to be held in Measham next week and has been organised by villagers after they obtained a large-scale plan of the proposed route from the county council.

It is hoped that by viewing the plan up close residents will be able to get a better idea of how HS2 will impact on them.

Measham is among areas set to be hardest hit in the region by the plans, and members of the public are being encouraged to attend the event at the village’s St Laurence Church Hall on Saturday, April 27.

Stuart Boothroyd, who lives in the village and is one of the people behind the event, admitted residents in the village have a lot of concerns over the plans.

He said: “I know it is only a preferred route at this particular time, but it appears that it will have a considerable effect on parts of Measham.

“Obviously there is concern, part of Measham is going to be affected if the plans go through. Quite a few houses are going up for sale and this is going to drive down the value.

“I can’t see any benefits at this particular time for this area. I know people will say that’s because I live here but I’ve looked at the pros and the cons of the railway line and I can see quite a few negatives and not a lot of positives.”

The event is to be held between 10am and noon at the church hall, in High Street, and Mr Boothroyd is encouraging people in the village to come and take a closer look.

Mr Boothroyd added: “On the computer it is almost impossible to see what effect it will have, so we have a large-scale plan which we have received from the council, and people will be able to look round and see what effect it is going to have on Measham.”

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