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Wildlife Trust claims HS2 will impact animal life on route

Campaigners warn of adverse environmental impact of Hs2 Credit: PA

A leading wildlife charity has warned the multi billion pound HS2 rail route will have a severe impact on local wildlife.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust believe the high speed line in south Cheshire will hit farmland species the hardest. The Trust claims birds such as yellow wagtail, skylark and tree sparrow are particularly vulnerable.

There's also concern mammals such as the water vole and several bat species will struggle to recover once their habitats are disrupted or lost. These farmland species are already in rapid decline as their habitats have either become fragmented in recent years by changing land-use or lost altogether to development.

The Trust's concerns are based around the loss of a core site from the Meres and Mosses Nature Improvement Area and the loss of two potential ancient woodlands which would be impossible to off-set through creating new wildlife areas.

Rachel Giles, Evidence and Planning Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

"We believe that in the rush to develop the scheme HS2 Ltd. has made a catalogue of errors vastly underestimating the impact to the natural environment."

"The current plans for Phase 2a show that High Speed Rail is set to push our local wildlife right to the edge as it severs the wildlife corridors and breeding sites used by species to move through the landscape to feed and rear young,"

HS2 Ltd said "We will be replacing, conserving or enhancing wildlife habitats affected by our plans, as part of a new green corridor alongside the railway.

"Parliament recently held a consultation on the Environmental Statement, which explains how we’ll be managing environmental issues along this part of the route. HS2 will review the consultation responses and will talk to local authorities, wildlife groups, communities and landowners, to consider ways to address their concerns as the project develops.”

IoM prom refurbishment scheme to begin September 2018

The Douglas refurbishment scheme is estimated to be complete by 2021. Credit: IOM Gov

A multi-million pound refurbishment scheme on the Isle of Man will begin next September.

The entire Douglas promenade is due to get a facelift as part of the £21million project, estimated to take until 2021 to complete.

Tynwald parliament agreed to the proposed plans in July and blueprints are on public display at the Sea Terminal.

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MP says fears about HS2 must be considered

A Cheshire MP's demanding those responsible for phase 2 of the HS2 high speed rail project listen to the concerns of local people.

Antoinette Sandbach has been telling a Commons committee that a number of her constituents feel their homes and businesses have been blighted by the proposed route:

Anti-Fracking campaigners back in court

Credit: Frack Free Lancashire

Campaigners fighting a Government decision to approve plans to frack at a site in Lancashire are back in court later. Their case will be heard at the Court of Appeal in London after it was defeated at the High Court earlier this year. The Preston New Road Action Group says the Government's over-ruling of a council decision to reject the planning application at the site near Blackpool was unlawful.

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