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Phase 2, Leeds line Pooley Fields moorings (Coventry) Moorings just below Ratcliffe Lock (River Soar) Redhill Marina (River Soar)

Nottingham Yacht Club (River Trent, Cranfleet Cut, AWCC member) – HS2 passes about 150 metres from the nearest mooring Cranfleet Cut moorings (CRT) Lemonroyd Marina (BWML, Aire & Calder) Moorings above Woodlesford Lock (Aire & Calder, CRT)

My first priority has been feeding back the concerns and issues for the mooring operators affected by phase 1 so that the IWA & CRT responses to the Draft Environmental Statement (DES) could reflect these issues. In this way, the IWA, CRT & Lichfield Cruising Club responses were properly coordinated, making common points. Dean Sargeant of Staffs County Council has also been putting together a set of mitigation proposals for HS2 Ltd in conjunction with local interests. Vaughan attended our meeting with Dean, so again, there was a generally consistent approach there as well.

One of the issues we identified (affecting LCC and Kings Orchard in particular) was that the noise mitigation measures proposed in the DES were not treating moorings with the same level of importance as residential properties. I raised this at the subsequent committee meeting, and CRT stated that they were trying to get ALL canals, not just designated moorings, given the same treatment as residential properties as part of their Service Level Agreement for Phase 2 with HS2 Ltd. and as part of their response to the consultation for the phase 1 DES.

One shock in the DES was the designation of a huge area on both sides of the Coventry Canal from Huddlesford up to the railway bridge just before Streethay Wharf as a materials stockpile area and associated rail sidings for the import of material to build the huge embankment at Streethay to get HS2 over the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and the A38. This area includes the whole of the Kings Orchard Marina site, and the owner was absolutely devastated; if the site was not subject to a compulsory purchase, he was concerned about his ability to attract moorers to a facility in the middle of a construction site, with the current period of uncertainty coming just after his opening.

The question of the HS2 route adjacent to Wood End lock has been the subject of much discussion with HS2, involving the IWA, CRT, Staffordshire CC and local protest groups.

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