A GROUP near Stafford campaigning against a proposed high speed rail line will embark on a protest walk through the town centre this week.
Marston against HS2 is just one of Staffordshire’s campaign groups formed after the proposed HS2 route through the county was announced earlier this year.
Opponents fear that residents living in the affected area will lose their homes and local farms will be cut in two by the line of it goes ahead.
On September 28 Marston Against HS2 will host a walk from Tipping Street to Gaolgate Street, starting at 11am, and a Stop HS2 display in Market Square from 9am to 4pm.
Bob Gasch from Marston Against HS2 said: “The aim is to raise public awareness of HS2 and its cost. We will also be handing out anti HS2 literature during the day.
“Stafford Borough Council have kindly allowed us to put a stand in Market Square on that day to further our cause. We will be collecting signatures to ask Staffordshire County Council, who say that they are lobbying to get the best possible to for Staffordshire communities from HS2, to join 51m - an alliance of councils challenging the evidence base of the HS2 project.”
Marston residents also hosted an information stand at the UK Independence Party’s recent public meeting in Telford, supported by the Stone UKIP branch.
On Sunday up to 100 South Staffordshire campaigners embarked on a 10-mile protest march along the proposed HS2 route, from Kings Bromley to Colton, where they held a fundraising balloon race.
Campaigner Anthony Sutton from Colton, said he hoped the march would open people’s eyes to what was at stake if HS2 went ahead.
“There are many people in these villages whose farms will be destroyed by the scheme. It will be impossible for them to operate,” he added.
On Monday the Government’s Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the Department for Transport “has yet to present a convincing strategic case for HS2.”
Stone MP Bill Cash said: “The Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts is absolutely right to say that.
“In my view, there is no strategic case for the project. The Department has not yet demonstrated that this is the best way to spend £50 billion on rail investment during difficult times.”