On Saturday the residents of the village of Kingsbury in North Warwickshire turned out to support the anti HS2 campaign fete onthe recreational grounds in the village.
Cllr Brian Moss, who is the North Warwickshire Borough Council spokesperson on HS2, represents the Kingsbury ward and he attended the event. Cllr Moss has repeatedly raised his concerns about the impact of HS2 on the village. Local residents are particularly concerned about a proposal for a depot to be constructed during the building of the high-speed rail line. The massive depot will be used to bring in into the area and store material for the construction of the rail line and is planned to be just off the Kingsbury Road A4097, on fields to the north east of Dunton Island between the M42 and Marston Lane.
Although the Depot is listed on plans by HS2 Ltd as “temporary”, it is expected to operate for several years. During that time there will be substantial disruption of traffic into Kingsbury. Bringing in large amounts of material will require the periodic closure of the Kingsbury Road. This means that for years there will be disruption to Kingsbury residents who will be forced to go around the blocked road either through Tamworth or by using the lanes through Lea Marston to exit near the entrance to Hams Hall.
Mike O’Brien, the former Labour Minister who is contesting the North Warwickshire constituency at the general election, distantly opposed HS2. He also attended the fete, saying, “The disruption likely to be caused to local people by the temporary construction arrangements is in many ways as worrying as HS2 itself. The people of Kingsbury will be forced to put up with a lot if HS2 goes ahead. I went to the fete to show my opposition to HS2.”
But it was also a lucky day for Mike O’Brien. “I won the first prize on the raffle, a mini golf game for the family at Lea Marston Club, but then I won the second prize too. My luck was in, but it would have been unfair to accept the second prize, so I asked the organiser Jean Thomas to redraw it so someone else could win. Despite a few showers it was a successful fund raising fete for a very good cause.”