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Dear Sir / Madam,
Re: The Amendments of HS2 “Adonis Route” and proposed Alternative Tamworth Route via “Hopwas Ridge”.
I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to the alternative route proposal on the following grounds:
Hopwas Ridge is the highest point in the locality; therefore construction will inevitably require the removal of massive quantities of earth to form deep cuttings through the hill and an extensive run of high embankment, two to three Kilometres long, between Mile Oak and the approach to Hopwas Ridge.
This will be a serious blight on the landscape, the whole of this section being highly visible from Hopwas village, Tamworth conurbation and surrounding areas, its impact would be massive.
If this proposed route were to go ahead, the building of such long and high embankment and the removal of such large quantities of soil from the hill area would inevitably increase the construction cost very substantially as opposed to construction over a more level route.
There is an important 24” diameter gas pipeline, running from Coleshill to Alrewas, approx 4ft below the surface along the proposed revised route in this section. Moving this would be another large additional cost to the project.
There is a 1000ft high steel communications mast situated on top of Hopwas Ridge. Any collapse or debris falling from the mast and carried by the prevailing wind would be a safety hazard to trains travelling along the line and to maintenance. Very large pieces of ice forming on the mast during winter time, have already have been found to fall causing damage to properties in the vicinity.
This route will affect three areas of Ancient Woodland, Hopwas Hayes Wood, the Devils Dressing Room and Hanging Wood. These are all extremely important for their wildlife habitat and their historical interest. In addition Hopwas Hayes Woods provides a valuable amenity to thousands of people in the Tamworth, Lichfield area and beyond.
I would appreciate your consideration to the above points and would look forwards to receiving your thoughts as a matter of urgency.
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