Council petitions against HS2 plans

South Northamptonshire Council is to petition the Government over plans for the HS2 rail project.

A meeting of South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) full council last week saw a decision to petition for the Government’s Select Committee to consider changes to elements of the High Speed (HS2) Bill because of noise standards, visual impact and intrusion, local design standards, construction issues and the height of line.

The authority has already agreed in spring 2012 to make £100,000 of its reserves available for work on preparing objection.

Cllr Rupert Fordham, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “It is really important that Parliament is made aware of the impact of HS2 and the strength of feeling against it, and that if it proceeds there are realistic proposals of mitigation in place.”