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HS2 latest update

Tuesday 30th January 2018

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Ahead of the HS2 second reading today, here's our response to the latest consultation.

In our response to the consultation for the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Environmental Statement we seek to represent the views of our 13,000+ local members. There are a number of issues we would like to raise which we have set out in our response below.

We note that the HS2 Environmental policy states HS2 Ltd’s commitment to ‘developing an exemplar project, and to limiting negative impacts through design, mitigation and by challenging industry standards whilst seeking environmental enhancements’. The policy also states that ‘habitat creation is required to fulfil the objective of no net loss of biodiversity as far as practicable in the local area as well as to ensure that populations of protected and notable species are maintained’.

Whilst Cheshire Wildlife Trust supports this position we believe that currently HS2 Ltd. fall far short of achieving their objectives. We are particularly concerned that the short time frame in which the Environmental Statement has been prepared has led to a catalogue of serious mistakes and unjustifiable assumptions based on incorrect, incomplete or missing information.

Our main concerns relate to a) the highly misleading manner in which residual impacts have been inaccurately portrayed or omitted, partly due to a failure to acknowledge incomplete/missing data; b) gross inaccuracies in the calculated areas of impacted habitats; c) a shortfall of approximately 8.3km hedgerows, 28 ponds and 86.9 ha of compensatory habitat in the local area meaning that residual impacts on protected and notable species are not adequately addressed; c) failure to either acknowledge or address the multiple county/regional scale impacts that will result from the loss of a 100 hectare core site of the Meres and Mosses Nature Improvement Area designated in 2012 to ‘create joined up and resilient ecological networks at a landscape scale’.

 

Please read our report for the full details of our concerns for HS2.

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