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Residents join forces to oppose HS2 line
CHESHIRE residents opposed to the construction of HS2 have joined forces to create a county-wide umbrella group.
Cheshire Against HS2 (CAHS2) was formed last week when nine action groups from across Cheshire and Staffordshire unified to create a stronger presence against HS2 Localised action groups which now sit as part of the Cheshire-wide group are Mid Cheshire Against HS2, One Voice Against HS2 in Cheshire, HS2 Parish Council Action Group, Rixton with Glazebrook HS2 Action Group, Agden Broomedge Lymm East, Culcheth and District Rail Action Group, Warburton-Lymm District Action Group, Warrington Stop HS2 and Madeley HS2 Action Group.
Ewen Simpson, chairman of CAHS2 and member of Mid Cheshire Against HS2, said: “The reason behind forming the umbrella group is that unity is strength.
“While we remain separate and merely local, our opponents can pick us off more easily. By coming together we can utilise the skills in one group that another group might lack for the benefit of all the action groups.
“Their local knowledge is also vital for the umbrella group. Working together allows us to pool resources.
“Our aims as a local action groups is replicated in the umbrella group – to concentrate all our efforts on defeating HS2.
“We do not believe that it will provide the economic benefits that its proponents claim, so all of our efforts will be concentrated on persuading the politicians – for it is they who are the ultimate decision makers in relation HS2 – to abandon the project.”
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