HS2

Maggie gains assurances over HS2 compensation

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Erewash MP Maggie Throup has gained a personal assurance from the Secretary of State for Transport that no Erewash resident affected by HS2 will be left out of pocket as a result of the major national infrastructure project.

Following a late night statement to the House of Commons in which the Secretary of State confirmed that Phase 2b of HS2 will run through parts of Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate along a high-level viaduct, Maggie asked:

“Although I welcome the clarity that today’s announcement brings to residents of Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate in my constituency, and the extension of the rural zone to the south of Long Eaton, some of my constituents who have lived in their homes for 40 years or more are being offered only two thirds of the value of their homes and cannot afford to buy another home. As HS2 will be of great benefit to the whole nation, does my right hon. Friend agree that nobody should be worse off as a result of it?”

To which the Transport Secretary replied:

“I do agree, and I am very grateful to my hon. Friend and to the people of Long Eaton; as she knows, we have had a long discussion about whether we should have a high-level embankment or a low-level one, and I hope the solution we have reached is one that her community will support. I am clear that I do not want people to lose out as a result of this, and I extend to the House the request that Members should come to tell me if there are any places where there is a danger of that happening.”

After the statement Maggie added:

“I understand that HS2 splits opinion in our area, with some residents wanting the project to be dropped completely. However we have to accept that HS2 is going ahead, and it is my job as the Member of Parliament to fight for the best possible deal from HS2 Ltd for local residents who are affected by the line of route in Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate.

“I am pleased therefore, that the Transport Secretary has given his personal assurance on public record that he does not want people to lose out as a result of this vital national infrastructure project.

“Ministers also need to address the appalling way in which HS2 Ltd has treated residents up to now, otherwise they risk undermining the project altogether.”

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**********UPDATE**********

HS2 Statement

Monday 17th July 2017

Maggie Throup MP, Member of Parliament for Erewash, has released the following statement on HS2 Phase 2b:

“The Secretary of State for Transport has today announced the final route for Phase 2b of HS2.  This brings much needed clarity for the residents of Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate by confirming that the route through Long Eaton will be on a high level viaduct.

“Whilst I am disappointed that the option to tunnel under Long Eaton was not seen as a viable option, the decision to pursue a high-level viaduct gives us a fantastic opportunity to create a truly iconic structure. I believe the design of the viaduct will be a key factor in the public acceptance of the project and I will be lobbying the Government to provide HS2 Ltd with the funds to design and build a viaduct that puts our area truly on the map.

“As I have said previously, the most import task remains to secure the best possible deal from HS2 Ltd for those residents directly affected by the line of route and I will continue to fight for this over the coming weeks, months and years.

“I also believe the way in which HS2 Ltd has treating local residents up to now is quite frankly scandalous. If we are to move forward, Ministers and the board of HS2 Ltd must address these issues and quickly, otherwise they risk undermining the whole project.”

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**********UPDATE**********

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

As you will no doubt be aware, Parliament is shortly to dissolve in readiness for the General Election on Thursday 8th June. Consequently Maggie will cease to be the Member of Parliament for Erewash from 12.01am on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

By law, during the period of Dissolution and until after an Election Result is declared, Maggie should not be identified as a sitting MP at any event she attends.  

Therefore the press release circulated by Ben Timberley, Campaign Manager for Stop HS2 Erewash, on Friday 21st April and of which Maggie had no prior knowledge, is factually inaccurate.

This release is intended to clarify the error. 

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Maggie commented:

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone that the Stop HS2 Erewash Campaign Group, through Mr Timberley, has taken towards this event.

“I have been in discussions with the Chair of the campaign group, David Shipman, for a number of months to try to arrange a mutually convenient date, time and venue.

“These details were agreed by both myself and Mr Shipman well in advance of the General Election being called, and I am pleased that the group is still happy for it to go ahead.

“As the Member of Parliament for Erewash, I have made no secret of my positon on HS2 and have done my upmost to support the communities directly affected by the project, including campaigning for a tunnel under Long Eaton.

“Further I have taken my concerns about the proposed route and the compensation scheme to the highest levels, raising them with both The Secretary of State for Transport and the Chairman of HS2 Ltd.

“If I am lucky enough to receive a renewed mandate from the people of Erewash on 8th June, they can be assured that I will continue to be a strong local voice that will continue to hold both the Government and HS2 Ltd to account, and fighting for the best deal for local residents in Long Eaton, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate.”

The meeting will take place on Monday 15th May 2017 at 7pm at The Soldiers & Sailors Club, Long Eaton.

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**********UPDATE**********

The HS2 Route Refinement and Property consultations have now closed.

Copies of my submissions to both consultations can be found at the bottom of this page.

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As part of ongoing consultation process, HS2 Ltd will be holding a public information event on SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2017 between 10AM & 5PM at West Park Leisure Centre (Long Eaton).

This event will give local residents the opportunity to talk to the HS2 project team about the proposed property schemes and the changes to the Phase 2b route which will affect parts of Long Eaton and Sandiacre.

More details about the event can be found here.

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Tuesday 15th November 2016

Maggie Throup MP, Member of Parliament for Erewash, has released the following statement on HS2 Phase 2b:

After a long period of uncertainty, today’s announcement (Tuesday 15th November 2016) by the Secretary of State for Transport finally clarifies the location of the East Midlands Hub at Toton and much of the Phase 2b route.

More importantly, we now have further details of the compensation schemes that will be made available to those residents whose homes will be blighted by HS2. Two of these schemes, the Express Purchaseand Need to Sell, are open from today and I and my team are ready to help anyone who wishes to apply for compensation or who would like more information about the schemes available.

I am pleased that the Transport Secretary has listened closely to the representations I have made on behalf of local residents regarding the line of route through Long Eaton, which has resulted in the opening of a new consultation on two alternative engineering solutions to ensure that our town is not cut in half.

Details of the consultation, which runs from now until 9th March 2017, will be made available both on my website at www.maggiethroup.com and in my community office, and I would urge residents to submit their comments.

Whilst I acknowledge that HS2 is a contentious project which divides opinion both locally and nationally, I believe that the time for weighing up the pros and cons of the project has long since passed and it is now my responsibility to get the best possible deal for Erewash. 

This means delivering on three key objectives:

  • Ensuring that residents and businesses blighted by HS2 receive a comprehensive compensation package as soon as possible. 
  • Getting the mitigation measures right at the design phase to ensure that Long Eaton remains united.
  • Securing significant new investment to make sure that our local road network can cope with the additional traffic HS2 will bring into the area.

Maggie Throup’s Community Office is located in the Old Co-Op, South Street, Ilkeston and is open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9am to 5pm and Wednesdays 10am to 6pm.

Maggie can also be contacted on either 0115 930 0521 or by emailing maggie@maggiethroup.com.

For full details regarding HS2 Phase 2b click here 

For details regarding the 'Express Purchase' Scheme click here

For details regarding the 'Need to Sell' Scheme click here

For details regarding the HS2 Route Refinement Consultation 2016 click here

For details regarding the HS2 Property Consultation 2016 click here

Attachments

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M Throup - HS2 Property Consultation Submission 1.19 MB
M Throup - HS2 Route Refinement Consultation Submission 1.32 MB