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Questions raised about Solihull's possible contribution to HS2 costs

OLD fears about Solihull’s council taxpayers having to pay towards the cost of high speed rail have resurfaced.

OLD fears about Solihull’s council taxpayers having to pay towards the cost of high speed rail have resurfaced.

The suggestion that local authorities along the route may have to contribute to the £32billion project is buried in the small print of a recent Department for Transport document.

The Command Paper said that contributions could be sought from parties “who would benefit directly from opportunities and development”.

Berkswell parish councillor Graham Lock said the suggestion that some may be asked to commit funds raised worrying questions about what the cost could be for Solihull Council.

The issue of funding has been a concern to councillors for some time. Questions about whether Solihull would be asked to make a contribution, were raised during an all-day discussion of the scheme in the summer of 2011.

But Coun Tony Dicicco (Con, Meriden) has reassured residents that “contributions” from local authorities could mean land or local investment plans as opposed to money.

 

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