Residents with an interest in how the high-speed rail line HS2 might affect their property or business now have three more weeks to take part in a consultation.
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that the deadline for responses to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for phase two of HS2 has been extended from April 29 to May 20.
Cheshire East Council continues to urge people to take part so they can have their say in addressing any impact the proposed line will have on residential properties and affected businesses.
In January, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced its initial preferred route, which runs through much of Cheshire East.
While welcoming the economic benefits the scheme will bring to the Borough, and also pushing for a dedicated HS2 rail hub in Crewe, the Council understands that it is not all good news for everybody.
Although the Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation is not the formal consultation on the HS2 route and stations (this is due to start any time from July of this year), it is no less important.
Residents can take part in the consultation by visiting www.hs2.org.uk/have-your-say/consultations/phase-two/exceptional-hardship-scheme
If anyone is unable to access the internet, they can contact HS2 on 0300 123 1102 to order a hard copy by post.
There is also a wealth of information at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/hs2 where further detail on the route and exactly where it runs can be found. There is also a link through to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation page.
Meanwhile, the HS2 public enquiries team is available on 020 7944 4908 or HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk