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Stunned as 50 acre compound unveiled for HS2 building work by village

PLANS have been announced for a 50 acre compound to be built near Balsall Common during the construction of the high-speed rail link.

PLANS have been announced for a 50 acre compound to be built near Balsall Common during the construction of the high-speed rail link.

Villagers have been horrified to learn that the work camp, to be created on greenbelt land next to the Kenilworth Road, could provide accommodation for over 40 workmen.

The site would be in use for two or three years during the construction of the project, expected to begin in 2017.

A temporary roundabout will be created at the junction of Kenilworth Road and Park Lane to handle the increase in vehicles.

A smaller site would also be created in nearby Truggist Lane, a quiet country road.

Berkswell parish councillor Graham Lock said there had been rumours about a compound created in the locality - since the rail link will pass within a few hundred metres of the village. But at a public meeting last week, a site was identified for the first time.

"This will be absolutely massive," said Graham, who lives nearby. "As usual, HS2 have given their stock response that there will be consultation, but there's a lot we don't know.

"Apart from a massive increase of traffic, there are fears that the sizeable wedge of farmland could be released for housing development once the camp is closed.

"After two or three years, its likely to be in a pretty bad state, so would it be returned to greenbelt?" asked Graham.

A Solihull Council spokesman said that the compound was due to be discussed at next months HS2 Working Party meeting and a consultation on the proposals was expected to be carried out by HS2 bosses later this yea

 

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