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explained the purpose of the Draft ES and Design Refinement consultations and statedthat a summary of the responses would be available in the autumn. A forum member,representing Digbeth Residents Association, expressed concerns regarding the proposedconstruction works proposed on Eastside Park (compound, access road etc.) and theamount of money that has been spent by Birmingham City Council on regenerating thispark. It was recognised that large infrastructure projects unfortunately create conflictswith recent, smaller projects and prompt accusations of failure co-ordinate. HS2 Limitedalso responded that the Formal ES will take into account responses made to the DraftES. This information will be available from the end of November when an eight weekconsultation will take place. DB updated forum members on the progress of phase twoof the project.
Safeguarding directions -
DB outlined the safeguarding directions and how to serve ablight notice. A leaflet was provided in the pack for people to take away.
– DB explained the reasoning behind holding a secondproperty consultation and confirmed the dates of the local events. Concerns were raisedregarding the provision of an escalator to provide access for residents from Digbeth intothe city centre. Digbeth Residents Association expressed concerns regarding noisemitigation for people living close to the construction of Curzon Street Station. DBresponded that compensation will be available to affected properties up to 12 monthsafter the completion of construction. Residents also asked for double glazing to mitigateagainst noise from construction works, additional traffic using Park Street e.g. taxi’sdiverted by local road closures. A request was made for HS2 to contact residents todiscuss the construction work programme. The level of the HS2 tracks were designed 2years ago, residents felt nothing has changed since this time to address their concernsthat this design severs Digbeth. Can HS2 Ltd consider the design and feedback onwhether or not the level of track be adjusted to address severance. AS discussed theTransport Assessment which will give more detail in the Formal ES which will be open toconsultation.
Hybrid Bill process
– A presentation was given on understanding the Hybrid Bill process,the parliamentary period and the Formal ES consultation. A copy of the presentationwas provided in the packs for people to take away. A member asked if there arepredictable dates for the passage through parliament. HS2 Ltd responded by stating thatdates would be set early next year, petitioning is likely to be April/May. A member askedwhat the role will be for the local planning authority. HS2 Ltd responded that the HybridBill will give powers to HS2 to construct the route; Birmingham City Council could appearat the select committee. Birmingham City Council can also sign up to the planningregime post Hybrid Bill.
Members noted that there was a low turnout for this evening’s meeting andasked how engagement is working. HS2 Ltd responded that there are manyreasons for the low turnout including apologies received and no route update ormaps to show. A member responded that the low turnout could be due to publicapathy on the lack of ability to influence the design.
Questions have been asked by forum members at previous forums that have notyet been resolved; members asked how HS2 Ltd is going to address these issuesif engagement is changing. HS2 Ltd responded by saying all issues are noted andfed back to the relevant departments in HS2. We cannot feedback on issuesraised during the Draft ES and Design Refinement consultations until thesummaries are available in the autumn.
Residents expressed frustrations that time is passing quickly and change will beunable to take place due to tight/missed deadlines. Responses need to be taken