Unlike the Indian temple juggernaut which had only willing victims, the British juggernaut will roll along its hundred-metre wide track, destroying swathes of fertile land and damaging or demolishing cherished homes.
Producing food is not important?
At a time when there is increasing global and national awareness of the need for food security, the National Farmers Union estimates that 200 farms will be affected.
Corporate ‘landgrab’ now extends from the ‘global south’ to Britain
Packington Moor Farm, a fine brick Georgian farmhouse near Tamworth, Staffordshire is to be demolished and its land cut in half. The owners only heard about this plan on the internet.
The Bakers, whose land is to be cut in half, live in the charming village of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Mrs Baker asked: ‘How can they consider demolishing your business and your livelihood, move three generations of a family, and not contact you? We heard from a neighbouring farmer.’
Listed buildings treated with contempt
In all, 314 listed buildings, country cottages, Georgian farmhouses, medieval rectories and ancient manor houses will be demolished or seriously affected by vibration, noise and fumes if the high-speed project goes ahead.
And other species deemed less important than HS2 vested interests
Along the HS2 route, there are 43 statutory and non-statutory wildlife sites (48% of the 89 sites identified) in the Kenilworth and Southam Constituency alone. These include one Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one local nature reserve, six local wildlife sites and numerous ancient woodlands. Location details are given on the website of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. A detailed review of the potential ecological impacts of HS2 in that area by the Trust’s Stephen Trotter can be read here.
An extract about the effect of its construction notes that it will “destroy all existing vegetation, any non-mobile species and physical structures (e.g. roosts, ponds, watercourses, burrows, setts, holts etc) used by species living in this zone. Mobile species will be displaced away from this zone and their survival will depend on the availability of suitable sites nearby.