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Campaigner urges residents to be 'stoic' in face of HS2

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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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.”

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  • Sargee3  |  February 05 2013, 8:51PM

    HS2 - total pain, no gain, for the majority of ordinary, tax paying folk along the line. No only will we be footing the huge bill, through our taxes, for this unwanted invasion on our daily lives, we may also end up paying twice, in the reduced value of our properties - double wammy - great! I cannot stand the thought of all the beautiful countryside along the whole stretch of this HS2 being torn apart, forever! I have just watched a BBC programme with Julia Bradbury walking stretches of lost rail lines - I think the BBC should make a programme showing Julia Bradbury walking the proposed route of the HS2 - just so we have a record of what we are going to lose!

  • Staf Newsletter  |  February 01 2013, 6:56PM

    Rolfe Pearce local campaigner has called a public meeting over the impact on Great Haywood, Little Haywood, Colwich and the outlying countryside. The meeting will be in the Great Haywood Memorial Hall on the High Street in on Saturday 2nd February 7-9pm. The aim of the meeting is to inform people of the process and the problems for residents immediately and in the near and distant future. With the local section of the route being raised to cope with the, river, A51 and marshland there will be a substantial viaduct built within meters of the end of Great Haywood noise pollution could be severe. The judicial reviews on HS2 have not come in as yet, which may affect the way in which the consultations for phase two are conducted. Many people I have already spoken to are looking at the physical line and where it goes and assessing the risk to them just from that perspective, but it is vital for people to understand that communities living NEAR the line have already had property values fall and the route is now come up on searches for prospective buyers in the area. In reality this means that prices have already dropped and it is just not fully apparent yet. Those on fixed mortgages may be caught out by this if the sudden drop in value puts the buyer into negative equity. Those relying on the value of their property for retirement plans may also find this may mean a change in their retirement plans. So its important that when the consultation phase starts in March that people work hard NOW to understand the facts of their own individual risk, so they can ask informed questions of HS2 Ltd, politicians, and campaigners to help get the best deal for them. If ANYONE at all is suffering direct hardship because of the announcement they MUST get in contact with their local MP who will help them get immediate help. I urge everyone to get online and get educated on HS2, I and many others up and down the route plus the action groups like StopHS2 and HS2 Action Alliance have a wealth of information and are here to help no-one is on their own come to the meetings, get informed and protect your investments.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  February 01 2013, 6:56PM

    HS2 Campaigner Rolfe Pearce is advising everyone anywhere near the HS2 route to apply for a property specific Impact survey and do it now before the HS2 Roadshows come so you can be better armed with specific information about your own personal circumstances before you start to ask questions. The consultation ends in the 29th of April 2013 so you need to know how things effect you sooner rather than later. So go to the website www.hs2.org.uk, find the "contact us" link right at the bottom of the page On this page you will see the "contact us by email" address which is HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk Then you need to send them an email with your FULL PERSONAL DETAILS AND ADDRESS asking them to complete a property search against the address and asking them to send you details of any impact and compensation that may be available and where to find the information. HS2 Ltd will then complete a "property search" for you.You will then receive a pack of information on exactly how the route may effect you and what compensation schemes you may be entitled to.This is the starting point for everyone, and I mean everyone even if you don't think you need to, apply for the pack and MAKE SURE. Full details are on the www.staffsagainsths2.blogspot.com

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 30 2013, 9:16AM

    WOW I have just discovered that HS2 going past the village will be elevated as much as 15 metres into the air to keep the high speed aspect of the line. This will mean that we have no chance of mitigating the massive noise from the line. 225mph, 18 trains per hour, 24/7 I hope the businessmen as they look out of their windows at the pretty villages passing by remember the daily cost to their cosseted lives that we in the countryside will bear daily nightly as our lives are irrevocably changed for the worse.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 28 2013, 8:09PM

    Hello to everyone reading this short article my Name is Rolfe Pearce. Before this article is attacked by the "they must be Nimby's" here in the Haywoods we are certainly NOT. We already have the West Coast Main line run on one side of the Villages of Colwich, Little Haywood, and Great Haywood, and directly on the other we have the very bust A51 raised on an earth Bank. We have had Fatal Train crashes, Fatal Air Crashes and deal with noise 24 hours a day. This government now want to place HS2 a massive rail link on the only side of the village with no noise, raised up 20-30 feet on a massive viaduct, running 225 mph 18 trains an hour night and day. We have never moaned about our lot, but anyone can see that this is an infrastructure project too far for a small community. We will be fighting this for "Fairness" we have had massive development over 10 years of the West Coast main Line for years, and now we are expected to endure massive construction for a similar time, our house prices to plummet, businesses to go bankrupt, we are not Nimby's just people who have a right to say this is just not fair, it can't be afforded and the environmental impact on us will be there for ever. As the business men make their cash as they look through the windows of their fast train, they are getting that on the backs of the life savings and tax payers of those cute little communities they will pass with little or no thought. Please remember us in our fight for the best compensation for a life of blight, so you can enjoy a fast train to London.