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County council to hold HS2 meeting near Lichfield

A meeting is being organised near Lichfield to discuss the impact of the plan for a high-speed rail line through the city.

Staffordshire County Council is hosting the event at Whittington Village Hall on November 19 to help it formulate a response to the HS2 proposals.

The discussion – which starts at 7pm – will look at the issues in terms of the region’s economy, environment and residents.

The council’s cabinet member for infrastructure and regeneration, Robert Marshall, said:

“We will listen and learn over the coming months. We want to hear all points of view and perspectives, before we make a formal response to the Government consultation.  We have organised this event so people can get together to discuss the issues, so that once the details of the consultation emerge, people will feel ready to engage with it and play their part.

“This is a big issue and the debate is just beginning. Listening to the full range of views is the first step in developing a coherent and intelligent response. We will be exploring the full range of issues for local people, for the environment and for business and the economy. We want to ensure that Staffordshire’s final submission to government is comprehensive and balanced, informed by local, regional and national priorities and perspectives”.

Numbers at the event are limited to 200 and places can be booked by emailing highspeedrail@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Cllr Marshall added:

“This is just the first of a number of public events we will be organising in the months ahead to help inform Staffordshire County Council’s formal response to the proposals.”

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1 Comment

  1. Lizzy Williams

    12th November, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    This is a very positive step – a shame it has taken since eight months and under pressure – authorities have a duty to engage but do not appear to be very good at it.