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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) know as soon as possible if you can spare an hour or two over the next 10 days.
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!
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 https://www.facebook.com/MeashamHS2Action/. 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.
You may have heard HS2 and Measham mentioned in the news today … This changed route has a major impact on Appleby. It takes HS2 from the A444 behind the School and Snarestone Rd close to Jubilee Farm. This is much closer to the village than the previous route and sandwiches our community between the railway and the motorway. The official map is at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/567263/C321-MMD-RT-DPP-110-580602.pdf but there is no information about who to contact about it. We are updating our HS2 page with as much information as we have.
We had a great turnout at our exhibition on 12 July where people shared what they knew about likely developments in the village, and their concerns. If you missed it you can see a report and our display boards here (pdf)
The consultation on the HS2 route is now open and can be found at www.hs2.org.uk/phase-two/route-consultation. You can learn more about the case against HS2 from the Stop HS2 website at www.stophs2.org
But of most immediate concern is the prospect of large scale housing developments. We will keep you informed of proposals and what you can do about it on this site.
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In the 1990s:
- Developers threatened all the countryside around the motorway junction and to reduce the open countryside between Measham and Appleby with plans for shops and warehouses – these were largely defeated with massive support from Appleby residents.
In the 2000s:
- Limited change to the village – mostly sympathetically designed and sited. The Village Design Statement, created by village residents in 1999, helped to ensure this.
What will the next 10 – 15 years bring?
- A developer wants to build between 150 and 175 houses all on land outside the village boundary. Appleby currently has less than 500 houses. Half of these proposed houses would be behind the Church Hall, next to historic buildings and the Conservation Area, the others on Measham Road. All bringing more traffic to village roads and pressure on services.
- HS2 rail link is planned to come the Appleby side of the motorway, through the hotel, the top of Rectory Lane and passing very close to the Old Rectory.
- Local and National planning policy (used to judge new applications) is changing. It generally favours more development. Our Village Design Statement will only continue to be effective if it is updated and reflects current residents’ views.
Appleby is an attractive rural village with clear boundaries and a balance of different types of housing. Let’s keep it that way!