Transport Secretary meets HS2 residents

Patrick then saw where the East Midlands hub is planned at Toton Sidings.

“Well over a dozen constituents met and talked to Patrick. HS2’s top people were also on hand to answer questions and solve some residents problems.” said Anna “It was a highly constructive set of meetings. A number of Strelley Village residents made their opposition to planned route very clear arguing that Strelley Village was in danger of losing its special qualities if the planned route goes ahead.”

Strelley Hall owner, Richard Hensall is one of the residents who met Patrick McLoughlin and argued against the route coming so close to the Hall and Village.

“I would particularly like to thank the Hensall’s for their generous hospitality this morning. It was very kind of them to allow us free use of the Hall”

Anna Soubry favours a deep tunnel to carry the HS2 line.

Anna then joined Patrick to look up the tracks to Toton Sidings having previously identified the site at Toton. Anna specifically told the Secretary of State about Broxtowe Borough Council’s plans to allow at least 500 houses on the Green Belt land.

“It is difficult to see how such a huge number of houses is compatibile with the plans to use Toton Sidings and my fear is that it will prevent the economic growth HS2 will deliver. Access to the new Tram terminus and A52 will be made almost impossible if Broxtowe give in to developers and allow hundreds of homes.”

Broxtowe Borough Council meet this evening to discuss the future of the Green Belt land at Toton.