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MP warns of HS2 “double-whammy” faced by Lichfield residents

Lichfield residents are facing a “double-whammy” at the hands of HS2.

Michael Fabricant has told fellow MPs about the “unique” situation the city finds itself in, with both phases of the high speed rail line set to have an impact on the area.

He made his comments as part of a Westminster debate on ancient woodlands which are under-threat from the HS2 project.

And he warned that the scheme risked becoming an “un-natural disaster”.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

“My constituents face being the unique recipients of both Phase One and Phase Two of the High Speed 2 project – a double-whammy indeed,” he said.

“Its construction will cut through unspoiled countryside right across southern Staffordshire.

“There and elsewhere along the route it will destroy the natural heritage of some of the UK’s most precious natural assets such as our ancient woodland, sadly impacting on the wildlife that lives there and indeed the communities who cherish living in such an environment.

“HS2, as currently formulated, is causing an un-natural disaster in Staffordshire and huge problems in many other constituencies.

“The damage it will do is heartbreaking. As a result of this extensive construction, three ancient woods in the constituency would be severely damaged.

“The line will pass directly through Ravenshaw Wood, Slaish, and Black Slough woods, whilst Vicars Copse, being only 62 metres from the line would be damaged by noise and vibration during the line’s construction.

“In my view, the route should not carve its way through previously unspoiled countryside cherished by the communities who live in harmony with it.”

Mr Fabricant added that while he did not oppose HS2 on principle, he could not support “a route that causes such environmental degradation and blight”.

“It doesn’t need to be this way,” the Lichfield MP added. “Done properly, HS2 provides the Government with a golden opportunity to showcase the very best of British construction.

“However, if it is to be the world class and truly green transport solution it purports to be then far greater respect for the natural environment needs to be demonstrated or this opportunity will be sadly lost.”

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