ONE of Solihull’s most experienced councillors has said he’s alarmed by the lack of detail in the HS2 proposals.
Conservative Jim Ryan (Bickenhill) represents a ward that will bear the brunt of the rail link.
And he said he was dissatisfied by a recent discussion with HS2’s senior staff.
Councillor Ryan said: “There are people who have the fanciful notion that HS2 will be a panacea.
“I went into their presentation with an open-mind, but I was grossly disappointed with the lack of details.
“It would deal a savage blow to the Meriden Gap, which is of national, not just local importance.
“So I was puzzled why they had not done an environment impact survey into a project on this scale.”
At last week’s Full Council meeting, Coun Ryan abstained from the vote on taking the scheme to the next stage.
The majority of the ruling Conservative group agreed, alongside Lib Dems, to give conditional support.
But several of their members have admitted there will be a “significant impact” on a number of communities.
Farmhouses will be demolished near Balsall Common, there will be a viaduct at Berkswell and a new station - near the NEC.
Labour’s leader, Coun David Jamieson, claimed that the Tories had been divided by the issue.
“This is a flagship Government policy and they’re split straight down the middle.
“It seems they’re coming under pressure from constituents who don’t feel they’re being represented.”