Last Friday, Christopher Pincher MP secured a visit to Drayton Bassett from the HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP. Mr Pincher brought the Minister to a local farm to see the physical route of the line and how it affects the local farming community.
Local NFU representative Simon Spencer too was in attendance. As a voice for farmers across Staffordshire, he was able to talk to the HS2 Minister about the issues and problems they have encountered when dealing with HS2 Ltd, from communications to delayed compensation payments.
The group visited the farm where the HS2 line would be passing through and the Minister was able to share some of the work he has been doing to make the process of working with HS2 better and more streamlined.
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP said:
‘I am grateful to Andrew Stephenson MP, the HS2 Minister, for coming to Drayton Bassett and listening to the thoughts and experiences that the farming community are experiencing when dealing with HS2 Ltd.
Being able to get out on the farm with local NFU representative Simon Spencer and farmer Robert Lockhart is invaluable in putting the physical element to the story and experiences with HS2 Ltd.
I can only imagine how busy the HS2 Minister would be and so for him to come to our bit of the world and take the time to study the maps, go out onto the land and talk about the actions he is doing in Government to improve the HS2 experience was very welcome.’
Adding the HS2 Minister said:
‘Thank you to Chris, Simon and Robert for inviting me to Drayton Bassett and for the opportunity to be in listening mode. As the HS2 Minister I am keen to get out from behind the desk and out onto sites, farms and into communities.
I know Chris has raised the concerns of Drayton Bassett and other local residents on multiple occasions to me and Transport officials on issues like compensation and mitigation concerns and ideas. It is important and helpful to keep people’s concerns on the agenda.’