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Meeting sees residents reveal opposition to HS2 route through Lichfield

A meeting over the proposed high speed rail line through Lichfield has seen hundreds vote against the route.

More than 200 people packed into Whittington Village Hall for the meeting to discuss Staffordshire County Council’s response to the HS2 scheme.

And a vote on the proposals saw only one person supporting HS2, while two abstained from the poll.

The meeting heard a number of complaints around the issue of the environmental damage the route would cause and the financial cost of the scheme, while it was also argued that there would not be sufficient demand to warrant the new line.

County Councillor Robert Marshall, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Infrastructure, said:

“People raised a number of very important issues including the fact that it has no proven benefits to the people of Staffordshire. I, and the county council, support them 100 per cent and will fight tooth and nail to have these plans rejected by Government.”

Last week Staffordshire County Council confirmed it would oppose the route which would see the line cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.

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