The Leader of Derby City Council has given his backing to the launch of a consultation with local communities in the Midlands, as HS2 Ltd revealed more detailed design proposals.
Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council said: “We welcome the launch of this consultation; it’s certainly a big step towards improving connectivity across the Midlands.
“Whist I’m aware that there have been some concerns about the impact of HS2; we mustn’t lose sight of the benefits to Derby, and the wider Midlands area.
“It’s thought that 2,500 workers in Derby could be involved in the manufacturing work related to HS2. Given our famous manufacturing background, this would be another significant gain for the city. Over half of national manufacturing employment is in the East Midlands, and two thirds of this is here in Derby – let’s keep it that way.
“Alongside manufacturing roles, 13,350 additional jobs are expected to be created, worth an estimated £575 million, as a result of the project.
“As always, we’ll be encouraging our residents, businesses and stakeholders to take part in this consultation.”
Over the next ten weeks, communities can respond to HS2 Ltd’s designs and proposed mitigation measures for the Phase 2b route. Responses are invited from the public on HS2 Ltd’s:
- Working Draft Environmental Statement, which describes the design of the railway and reports on the impacts of its construction and operation, alongside the measures proposed to reduce and monitor these impacts.
- Working Draft Equality Impact Assessment Report, which considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of the railway on people with protected characteristics.
Leonie Dubois, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Consultation and Engagement, said: “High speed rail will play a crucial role in rebalancing Britain’s economy; driving business growth, stimulating investment and creating jobs right across the country.
“Through the public consultations, we are providing a more detailed account of how we propose to build the railway and minimise its impacts during construction and operation. We actively encourage people to have their say on the plans we have published.”
The public consultations will be supported by a programme of community events. Those taking place in the Derby area include:
|Thursday 1 November||14:00 – 20:00||Measham||Measham Leisure Centre, High Street, Measham, Swadlincote DE12 7HR|
|Thursday 15 November||14:00 – 20:00||Kegworth||Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth, DE74 2DF|
|Friday 7December||14:00 – 20:00||Long Eaton||West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4AA|