Author Archives: Sonia Liff

Planning Committee to vote on J11 site on Tuesday 3rd September

On Wednesday evening (28th August) over 70 people attended a meeting in No Man’s Heath to discuss the J11 application.

This is a huge development – just one of the sheds is the size of Appleby village – and it could be approved by Councillors next weekExpress your opposition to those on the Planning Committee as soon as possible.  You can find their details at .  Appleby Environment’s Employment Land proposal page provides information on the officers’ report (which recommends approval) and the arguments against this development.

Please also attend the planning committee on 3rd September at 5.30 pm at the Council Offices in Coalville to demonstrate your opposition.

New details of HS2 route published

HS2 have published new maps showing how they propose to change the routes of the A444 and the Tamworth Rd to cross the line (see the link on our HS2 page).  The Tamworth Rd will come much closer to the village.  Will this increase traffic noise?  Will it encourage further housing applications? HS2 are holding a public meeting on 12th July at the Measham Leisure Centre.  Please attend and ask questions and express any concerns.  Also let us know and we will try to coordinate a response later in the year.

HS2 Meetings Weds & Thurs

A reminder that HS2 are holding an exhibition at the Appleby Hotel (access from A444 opposite garage and McDonalds entrance) today from 12pm to 8pm.  Your chance to ask questions of HS2 staff.  The new group Mapa HS2 Action will be outside – come and say hello.

On Thursday at 7pm in the School hall there is an open meeting with local politicians invited.  Come and let them know your views.

Reminder – HS2 meetings

Wednesday 4th January, 7pm, Measham Leisure Centre (bar area).  Meeting to formally set up the joint Measham, Appleby, Packington & Austrey HS2 Action Group to oppose the ‘Measham Re-route’ proposal.  All welcome but of particular importance if you want to be actively involved in developing the campaign.

We also want everyone concerned to sign up for updates from the new organisation at

HS2 Latest

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting in Measham earlier this week.  It was a very large meeting which agreed unanimously to set up a group to oppose the new route and coordinate responses to the HS2.  The Parish Councils from Austrey, Appleby, Measham and Packington were represented.  There will be another meeting on 4th January 7pm in Measham Leisure centre.  Appleby Magna Parish Council are holding a public meeting on HS2 at the Sir John Moore Foundation on 19th January and HS2 are holding an information event on 18th January.  Full details on our HS2 page.

Publicising our Public Meeting – volunteers needed

We have issued a press release for our meeting on 13th December.  You can download it here.  Please let us know if you have any media contacts.  Also consider writing letters to the local papers.  We are hoping to do door to door  leafleting to publicise the meeting and to put up some posters.  We need some volunteers to help with this.  Please let Sonia ( know as soon as possible if you can spare an hour or two over the next 10 days.

Public Meeting to discuss HS2 – 13th December

There will be a public meeting at St Laurence Church Hall in Measham to discuss the HS2 re-route consultation. The date is Tuesday 13th December and it will start at 7.30 p.m.

We hope to involve people from all the communities affected by the change:  Austrey, Appleby Parva, Appleby Magna, Measham and Packington.

Further details as we have them but put the date in your diary now!

HS2 Action Group being formed

An action group is being formed for all those affected by the changed HS2 route around Measham.  This includes the re-routing to the Snarestone side of Appleby.  The group has Facebook page  This has links to HS2 information including the very limited compensation schemes.  Their twitter feed is #MeashamHS2Action.  Let them or us know if you are able to provide any form of support or expertise.