Councillors to vote on HS2 route
BOROUGH councillors will be given the chance next week to show their position on the controversial new proposed HS2 rail route.
There will be a vote on the issue at the next full meeting of Rotherham Borough Council on Wednesday.
UKIP councillor John Turner who represents the Hellaby ward, has put forward a motion asking the council to object to the new route, which will cut through Aston, Bramley, Mexborough and the Dearne Valley.
The motion – seconded by fellow UKIP councillor Mick Elliott, who represents Wingfield – also urges the council to push the Government to abolish the HS2 project completely.
The council has in the past supported the HS2 line going through Meadowhall, but the original line was ditched in July, with HS2 Ltd saying the new route would be cheaper and cause less disruption and pollution, prompting public protests.