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“If HS2 does go ahead, it will affect the club badly unless some changes to the route are made. The club was founded in 1886 and the clubhouse is of historic importance. It was the site of Lichfield Racecourse and you can still see the 19th Century Grandstand. “After a tour of the golf course and the clubhouse, I met with the club’s committee and made a number of suggestions. Firstly, I said that they should investigate whether the clubhouse should be listed as a building of architectural importance. This could help the argument that the line should be moved slightly westwards away from the clubhouse which would otherwise be demolished. “Secondly, I offered help – as I will for all my constituents – to maximise the compensation the club would receive from HS2. And finally, I said that I would help the club acquire land from the Ministry of Defence adjoining the golf course which would enable this historic club to continue. “But I also said that while it is vital for the club to plan ahead, an alternative solution may be found to constructing HS2. The project is still a long way ahead.”