Following significant representations (as previously advised)and a meeting last Friday with Jeremy Wright MP, various community members, HS2 and their contractors working in Warwickshire along with key contributors, it was confirmed that HS2 and, or their contractors will no longer be pursuing a high court enforcement order to remove the protestors at Cubbington Woods and that work to remove vegetation and trees will cease until the full review on the viability and future of HS2 has been completed.
Discussions also took place with regards to the poor levels of communication, engagement and visibility of plans particularly with regards to road closures and traffic measures in our area.
HS2 recognises that these elements have not been handled as well as expected and are seeking to make significant improvements.
In recognition of the problems arrangements are to be made for Sir Mark Worthington (HS2 Communities Commissioner) to visit the area and meet with the local MP (Jeremy Wright) and Councillors to discuss and review the ongoing situation.
It was made very clear by Cllr Trevor Wright that the perception and trust of HS2 and its contractors is not particularly good due to the ongoing actions, poor communication and consideration of the community and that something needs change as “there is no trust whatsoever ” in the community.
Whilst the decision with regards to HS2 in the future is not clear, HS2 and its contractors were challenged about what they would do to “put back” the environment into the original condition IF the HS2 project is discontinued.
This is a high-level summary of many elements that were discussed during the meeting but please be absolutely in no doubt that Cllr Trevor Wright & Cllr Pam Redford will continue to work and monitor the situation to make sure we get the best for OUR COMMUNITY.
We are your councillors not just talking but continuing to work on issues that are important to you.
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright