A RURAL campaigner says plans for a high speed rail line cutting a swathe through Staffordshire has devauled thousands of homes ‘without a single spade being placed in the ground’.
Rolfe Pearce said the Haywoods already had the West Coast Main line on one side of the village and the announcement HS2 was planned on the other side would mean a tragedy for the area and the village 'slowly dying as new people will refuse to come'.
“All this for a few businessmen to be able to get to London 30 minutes sooner and far off communities make cash at our expense," he said.
Mr Pearce said now was the time for unity and urged people in the Haywoods to come together to work out what they could do for the best for their small community.
He called on the people of the Haywoods to be stoic, saying there was lots that could be done to make the most of ‘this planning disaster’.
“I also ask the people of Staffordshire not effected by this to hold ‘justified anger’ at our plight and support our actions in the towns around the county,” he said. “Please don't forget us or our plight we need your help and support to get our case across during the consultation period.”
“It is important that the people of Staffordshire remember one simple thing ‘In Staffordshire we get all of the pain and none of the gain’ and yes it will cost our county dear in many, many ways.”
“Many Staffordians lives this morning will become a misery that will not go away.”