12th October 2018
HS2 Ltd. has just published its draft Environmental Statement. To read all about it, click here.
This is the last and most important consultation before the HS2 Phase 2b Bill goes to Parliament.
Please respond to support the Trust’s efforts to ensure that restoration can go ahead at Lowgates and Norwood.
You can download the Working Draft Environmental Statement (Non Technical Summary) by clicking here. The relevant section is LA11 – pages 174 to 180. It does not mention the canal at all.
You can download the full version for our area by clicking here. This runs to 316 pages and has lots of mentions of the canal. This has a vast amount of information on all sorts of topics, but the relevant bits about construction are sections 2.2.22, 2.2.33 and 2.3.117 to 2.3.124.
You can respond to the consultation online by clicking here.
You can download and fill in a Response Form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to FREEPOST HS2 PHASE 2B ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTATION.
The relevant area is LA11 – Staveley to Aston. This covers both the mainline at Norwood and the spur to the depot at Staveley.
Responses must be submitted by 21st December.
The most important point is that HS2 must not block the canal line at Norwood or Lowgates.
The HS2 mainline crosses the (as yet unrestored) canal at Norwood, next to the M1. We would like the help of HS2 in getting a new tunnel built here.
The spur to the Staveley Infrastructure Maintenance Depot crosses the canal at Lowgates, where our Work Party is currently restoring the canal, click here. We would like the HS2 bridge to their Depot to pass over the canal at this point with sufficient headroom for walkers and cyclists.
Following the comments of the Secretary of State for Transport that HS2 will not stand in the way of canal restoration, click here, we expect guarantees to be written into the HS2 Phase 2b Bill that the plans for the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal will be fully respected at Norwood and Lowgates.
There will be a series of information events.
To see the full list, click here.
There is an amazing map book. You can download it by clicking here. We have put a few enlargements taken from some of the Norwood and Staveley maps below.
The main pages are 28 to 31, 69, 83, 104, 105, 117, 123, 128 for Staveley and 48, 49, 66, 80, 98, 99, 114, 124, 128 for Norwood.
For those of you who might be unclear about where the canal runs at Lowgates, David Lumb has kindly supplied these two maps which are taken from pages 29 and 105 in the map book. The canal is the bright blue line.