Started 2 petitions
Tunnel HS2 Through LS26 & LS25 (NO Viaducts!)
The viaducts HS2 Ltd propose to build that pass through Woodlesford and Swillington are totally unacceptable. We demand that HS2 Ltd tunnel the proposed mainline and branch routes through our area. HS2 must go Under Not Over the Aire Valley. Nearly 3 miles of HS2 track will tower 30-40m (100-130') high over Woodlesford and Swillington on the proposed mainline viaduct. The concrete pillars supporting the viaduct are likely to have a gap of just 33m between them. It will be totally devastating for our communities, both during construction and forever thereafter. The HS2 trains travelling on the branch line to Leeds will be underground for less than 1 mile under Woodlesford. On the approach to Manchester 15 miles of track will be in tunnels. We deserve and demand the same level respect from HS2 Ltd and Government to mitigate the impact on our beautiful valley. HS2 has been accused of cutting costs on the northern leg of its route in order to make up for overspending in the south, after it was revealed that only 2% of the Yorkshire line is to be built in tunnels, compared with nearly 30% of its track between London and Birmingham. The government is not meeting its commitment to “minimise the local environmental impact of the new railway wherever possible by using tunnels, deep cuttings and existing transport corridors". Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth – an area HS2 will pass through – said the figures confirm a feeling in Yorkshire that there is “one rule for the Tory marginals in the south and a completely different rule for the north”. He said the fact that HS2 would not pay for parts of the route in Yorkshire to be in tunnels reinforced “the idea that the north is a place where they can save money, make cuts and leave communities damaged to the benefit of the south”. Visit www.sowhat.org.uk and our Facebook group for more details.
STOP HS2 From Destroying LS26 & LS25
TAKE ACTION NOW The viaducts and tunnels planned by HS2 Ltd, and supported by Leeds City Council, will destroy Oulton, Woodlesford, Swillington, Garforth and neighbouring areas, including Methley and Rothwell. LS26 and parts of LS25 will be severely blighted by HS2, during construction and post construction, if the route goes ahead as proposed. Our countryside, ancient woodland, tranquillity and our homes in this unique, green belt conservation area will be decimated. How can our area that is designated by LCC as a place of special beauty, in a protected green corridor, be subjected to such destruction yet they do nothing to protect it? HS2 Ltd acknowledge that their plans will have a major adverse impact on our landscape. The 2.2km viaduct running high over the Aire Valley, tunnel entrances located next to homes and businesses, two tunnels underneath Woodlesford village and tunnel exits being located adjacent to Rothwell County Park will impact LS26 to the highest possible levels. Sign this petition to call for: HS2 to re-evaluate and look at other alternatives, in collaboration with key community groups and LCC, to eliminate blight in our area and provide full and fair compensation to all those impacted by HS2 LCC to stand by their promise to protect our communities, instead of destroying them; HS2 cannot be at the expense of decimating LS26 Government to ensure HS2 identify the best alternative to ensure minimal blight to our area and provide full and fair compensation to those impacted by HS2 Local Councillors Karen Bruce, Stuart Golton, David Nagle, Mark Dobson, Sarah Field and Stuart McKenna to come together to support us in fighting for alternative routes and better compensation Oulton & Woodlesford Neighbourhood Forum, Swillington Parish Council and Garforth Neighbourhood Forum to work with the planning authorities to ensure HS2 planning applications are fully considered and appropriate planning conditions applied to protect their communities Our MP Alec Shelbrooke to do everything in his power to secure the best outcomes for LS26 and Garforth, supporting us to fight for better alternatives and full compensation, including opposing HS2 where necessary All those petitioned, should HS2 fail to achieve the outcomes desired, to oppose HS2 and call on Govermnment to abandon HS2 and to provide full and fair compensation to those impacted