A PETITION of more than 5,600 signatures calling on Staffordshire County Council to challenge the controversial HS2 rail plan has been handed in at Staffordshire Place.
Local action group Marston Against HS2 is calling on the county council to join 51M - a group of 19 local authorities which have joined together in a national campaign to actively challenge the HS2 project. Members of the Marston community, led by Bob Gasch, met Dean Sargeant, the county's HS2 project officer, to hand over the petition.
Marston campaigners are working with national campaign groups Stop HS2 and HS2 Action Alliance to fight the rail scheme, which they say will ruin large areas of countryside and be a multi-billion pound burden for taxpayers..
Pictured handing over the petition to Dean Sargeant (third from left) are, from left, Mike Bird, Bob Gasch, Sue Gasch, Paul Herbert, Madeline Murphy and Rosemary Herbert.