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Bordesley Street/Allison Street noise monitoring location –
In response to a requestthat the residential properties on Bordesley Street be used as a noise monitoringlocation, HS2 Ltd representatives agreed to pursue a potential location (see action 5).
Impact on car parking
– the community forum questioned what is planned to mitigatethe loss of existing car parks on the station site and the proposals for Curzon StreetStation. HS2 Ltd representatives explained that the proposals for the station showlimited amount of car parking for staff and short stay facilities. A representative fromBirmingham City Council stated that the council’s position is to promote short stay carparking in the area in the context of limiting people parking at the Curzon Street Stationwith the focus on drop off and pick up facilities.
Update on heritage assets
– HS2 representatives confirmed that they have succeeded inentering the Fox & Grapes public house to undertake a heritage assessment. Whilst thebar still exists, the carvings have been removed and substantial damage to the roof hasbeen created by water ingress. Options for the building are still being progressed with anupdate to follow at future meetings. In regards to the Eagle & Tun public house, HS2representatives confirmed that it remains the intention to incorporate the building(potentially without its roof) into the station design.
Measuring the impact on air pollution
–A community forum member asked how theimpact on air pollution is being assessed, particularly in relation to Bordesley Street andthe potential increase in vehicular movements. HS2 Ltd representatives confirmed thatHS2 Ltd is assessing the impact on air quality created by vehicular emissions as a resultof predicted traffic changes due to the Proposed Scheme. This assessment comprisescollecting baseline data (either existing data, such as from Birmingham City Council, andtheir own monitoring) and then modelling the predicted impacts from the changes toroad layout and changes in traffic numbers). A number of city centre locations are beingused to monitor air quality. The results will be reported within the formal EnvironmentalStatement which will be published with the hybrid bill submission. There will be moredetail in the draft ES for consultation in late Spring.
Impact of changes to the road network in Saltley and Alum Rock
– a community forummember raised concerns regarding the impact on local accessibility arising from the re-construction of the Saltley Viaduct. HS2 Ltd representatives confirmed that there is acommitment to maintain access during construction and that a construction plan for thearea is being developed. It is anticipated that rebuilding the viaduct will takeapproximately 2 years.
Draft Environmental Statement presentation
– In response to the presentation,HS2 Ltd confirmed that it is implementing a range of measures to inform localcommunities about the public participation event, including adverts in the press, on theinternet, public offices etc and postal notifications for those in the immediate area of the scheme. A member of the forum asked if the postal mail shot could be extendedbeyond 500m, with the distance being measured from the perimeter for sites such asthe depot and Curzon Street Station. HS2 noted the request,
and it was emphasised thatHS2 Ltd will incorporate flexibility in its approach to the consultation and will confirmarrangements once confirmed but advised that postal mail shot was only one of a rangeof measures to notify people(see action 6).
HS2 Ltd to investigate the possibility of incorporating cycle routes through/around theproposed depot site. Update to follow at next forum meeting.2.
HS2 Ltd to provide a 3D scale model of the Curzon Street Station proposal for a futureforum meeting. (Date to be determined)