Get ready for major disruption travelling by road into the city for at least three years.
That’s what will happen if the proposal to build an air vent for the High Speed Train ( HS2) on the Fallowfield shopping centre goes agead: the diggers and trucks will block Birchfields Rd night and day during construction . The proposed air vent is no neat funnel tucked in a corner, but a monstrosity of a cuboid building taller than local houses, and taking up half the site.
Cars will have to be diverted round Slade Lane, except, whoops , there are no through roads between Slade lane and Birchfields rd , something the planners have overlooked. Buses, cars etc will need to be directed to Stockport Rd or Princess Rd further clogging up those busy roads.
Imagine the fumes that will pollute the air during the long construction . There is a school playground next to the site Will the children have to stay inside during construction to avoid lead poisoning ?
Long term, who knows what quality of air will be spat into the environment from the airvents onto the children .
The proposed site would necessitate the demolition of a row of well used shops, an important amenity for many in the local community, especially for busy parents on low budgets and older people without private transport. With the loss of the shops will come the loss of local jobs .
It would be easy to cross your fingers and hope our new Prime Minister cancels HS2 because it is so over budget, or to shrug your shoulders and say nothing we do makes any difference.
But we can’t guarantee the first, and we can’t know that protest won’t work unless we give it a try.
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This, from Sandra Palmer, is the latest in our #soapbox series, in the spirit of Peterloo.