The Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, continues to campaign against the case for HS2 and demand that the Government gives more say to the people who will be directly affected by the project.
As well as presenting a No to HS2 petition, signed by hundreds of angry residents, to Parliament, Ms Engel also spoke in a recent debate on the HS2 Hybrid Bill.
Arguing that the business case for HS2 is flawed, Ms Engel said: “I am for improving the rail network, for better connections between cities, especially in the north, and for greater capacity where it is needed.
“However, this is not the right project. A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs undermines the economic argument will HS2 will regenerate the north and close the north-south divide. It will not.”
Ms Engel went on to criticise the lack of consultation that has taken place with the people whose homes and businesses will be severely affected by HS2.
With the proposed route for the high speed train set to cut straight through many areas of Derbyshire, including Killamarsh, Renishaw and Staveley, hundreds of angry residents put their names down to protest against the plans.
The Killamarsh & Renishaw HS2 Action Group, who hold monthly meetings have also been campaigining against the project and raising local awareness.
Group Chairman, Peter Howarth added: “We’re annoyed at the total disregard that has been given to our villages when the planning for HS2 went ahead.
“The blight caused now and for the future throws a massive dark cloud over all of us and, at present, we do not see a way out.
“We oppose this development at every level and will continue our fight to protect our village.”
Follow the link here for the full transcription of Ms Engel’s speech.
For further information contact:
Natascha Engel MP
Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire
Tel: 0207 219 4709 (Westminster office)
Tel: 01246 439 018 (Constituency office)