HIGH speed rail would mean the end of the Meriden Gap, Solihull Council was told this week.
Richard Lloyd, from Berkswell Parish Council, said there were grave concerns about noise, construction and cost.
He was addressing borough councillors alongside Gill Lewis, chairman of Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council.
The villages they represent would be among those affected by the 13km of line due to cut through the borough.
They’d asked to speak at Full Council to highlight fears about the 250mph trains tearing through the countryside.
Coun Lloyd said: “This is the biggest UK construction project ever and it’s coming here to Solihull. It’s no exaggeration to say that this would be the end of the Meriden Gap.”
In Hampton, Coun Lewis said that an overwhelming majority of people who had replied to a survey were against the scheme.
“In a time of austerity, the money should be used to prevent cutbacks in education and health.
“Solihull Council must consider very carefully if the price that residents are being asked to pay for the project is wholly justified.”
Last month, Chancellor George Osborne told the Solihull News it was important to keep investing in the big capital projects.