Cherwell set to petition against HS2

Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House
Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House

Cherwell district councillors have agreed to challenge the Hybrid Bill of the controversial High Speed Rail Link (HS2) when it goes through parliament.

The government is looking to obtain powers to buy or lease land and obtain planning permission, but at an Executive meeting on Monday councillors agreed to petition against the bill on five points including noise, visual impact and construction issues.

A decision will be made at a full council meeting in late March or early April.

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of the council, said: “Cherwell has consistently opposed this white elephant project on economic grounds.

“We now also want to petition the Hybrid Bill in order to protect residents from some of the effects of the project.

“We highlight the large amount of disruption HS2 construction will cause in the district during its construction phase if it goes ahead.”