KILLAMARSH: Join meeting over HS2 rail link fears
Concerned residents fear a high-speed rail project could ‘blight’ their village.
Phase two of the HS2 link to London from the north is expected to travel through Killamarsh before it stops at Sheffield Meadowhall.
A project to restore the village’s railway station could be stopped in its tracks, while residents also have worries about disruption, noise and whether houses will have to be demolished.
North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel is holding a consultation meeting in Killamarsh this Saturday March 9.
Pat Bone, secretary of Killamarsh Heritage Society, has been delivering leaflets to households promoting the meeting.
She said: “What we’ve been shown is the link is going to hit at the end of Station Road which means it literally takes a little bit of Killamarsh off.
“People are worried about house prices but there are some houses on there, as far as we know, that are going to go too.
“Some people said to me that it wouldn’t happen for years and they won’t be here - but the village is blighted because it is there.”
The heritage society has been campaigning to restore the Killamarsh Central railway station building, which was removed from Station Road as the site was planned for new homes.
But if HS2 goes ahead on the initial preferred route announced this year the building cannot be placed back there.
Pat added: “I’m speaking to lots of people looking to find us an alternative because the building is historic and we don’t want to lose it.”
HS2 is designed to ‘bring the country closer together’ with phase two complete by 2032.
The Government is currently consulting on proposals for an exceptional hardship scheme for property owners whose homes may be affected by the second phase preferred route.
Ian Jordan, director for HS2 Ltd Leeds, Manchester, said the route had been designed to ‘minimise potential impacts on people and properties as well as important environmental features.’
The firm and the Government will continue working with communities to refine plans, he added, and it was to early to be precise about how properties would be affected.
The meeting takes place from 4pm to 5.30pm at Killamarsh Church Hall, The Rectory, Sheepcote Road.
Another for Renishaw and Spinkhill residents will start at 1.30pm in the community hall, Main Road, Renishaw, on the same day.
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