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D-day for HS2 council debate

Members from anti-HS2 protest group AKA-HS2 with banners and documents they will hand to Wakefield Council leader Peter Box, calling for the council to officially object against the government's HS2 scheme.

Members from anti-HS2 protest group AKA-HS2 with banners and documents they will hand to Wakefield Council leader Peter Box, calling for the council to officially object against the government's HS2 scheme.

Campaigners have upped their protest against plans for a controversial high speed rail link which would tear through their countryside.

On Wednesday Wakefield Council will officially decide whether the local authority is for or against the HS2 scheme.

Councillors will discuss the multi-billion pound project before submitting their response to a government consultation, which has to be done before next Friday.

Those against it are calling on the council to oppose the proposed route, which would take thundering trains through Havercroft, Cold Hiendley and the outskirts of Ryhill.

Campaigners have also questioned the benefits to the district because trains between London and Leeds would not even stop here.

Ryhill Parish Council has already lodged its objection.

Deputy chairman Brian Burnage said: “We would call on Wakefield Council to vote against it. We have had a petition in the local shop and a lot of people have supported it.

“We are going to get the rough end and rubbish, while it benefits everyone else.”

Last week members of AKA-HS2 (Altofts and Kirkthorpe Against HS2) handed in documents to council leader Peter Box, stating their fears and calling on Coun Box and his members to vote against it.

Coun Box declined to comment on the issue, but confirmed that the council will come to a formal view on HS2.

Previously he had told an open meeting that he wanted clarity from government ministers about its benefit to the district before they made a decision either way.

 

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