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Farming Matters: HS2 will destroy family farms

My husband Geoff Brunt on his land in Nash Lee Road near Terrick, which will be affected by HS2

My husband Geoff Brunt on his land in Nash Lee Road near Terrick, which will be affected by HS2

  • by Heather Jan Brunt
 

HS2 is despised throughout the Vale for the chaos, utter destruction and misery it will cause to thousands of people.

Amongst those affected are many farmers who will lose land, sometimes to such an extent that businesses which have been in their families for generations will be viable no longer.

NFU head of policy Andrew Clark said that for scores of farming families HS2 will destroy their business permanently.

Moving out of a family home which has been loved and treasured throughout the lifetime of one family is traumatic enough. Imagine the emotional despair when that home, and land,has been in a family for hundreds of years and many generations.

When HS2 rips straight through the centre or takes off corners of fields, it not only removes that land from productive agricultural use forever, but in many cases it then creates small unworkable pockets of land which become inaccessible and will simple go to waste.

More than 100 National Farmers Union members are directly affected by Phase 1 of the route from London to Birmingham, including my own husband who is devastated and obsessed by what it will do to his land.

Mr Clark said: “Given the major impacts of the project along its route, it is vital that there is a clear and widely accepted business case before the project is given the green light.”

He said if the project proceeds the NFU will use all its influence to minimise the impact on farm businesses and to ensure a binding duty of care during the lengthy and disruptive construction phase.

 

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