Go Green or Go Home
21 Apr 2017 |
Ani Radountcheva |
Reflecting on how wonderful the weather has been for us over the past few weeks (touch wood It carries on!) one huge positive to having lovely sunny days is that it’s a reminder of how beautifully green our country is. In the news this past week there has been a lot of talk about the developments of High Speed 2 (HS2).
“More than just a railway, HS2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
HS2 will link 8 major cities and benefit millions of people in commuting to work and with general travelling across the UK. The construction will be made up of two phases; Phase One route will be making the link from London to the West Midlands, followed by Phase Two completing the route joining the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds. Although there are many positive impacts of HS2 it cannot be forgotten about the huge environmental impact this will have. According to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust 160 wildlife sites will be affected by the first phase of HS2, as well as 129 acres of ancient woodland. We will be following all impacts of HS2 and the rate of its construction closely, although there is quite a few years ahead of us until the project is finished. The line to Birmingham will open in 2026 and the full high-speed route is set to open by 2033.
Linking into environmental activity this week, The Environment Agency bosses pledged to ‘‘crack down on people who endanger others and the environment.’’ This comes after a director at Thompson Waste Recycling was jailed for 6 months for putting residents of Scunthorpe at risk of water and air pollution. The Environment Agency is working hard to take action against anyone who neglects their responsibility to the people and environment. It is vital that together we look after our planet and treat our surroundings the best we can, as we know that hasn’t been the case and many places face consequences where people have failed to ‘go green’ and ultimately neglected the importance of this.
Land contamination can be dormant for many years until pollutants make their way up to the surface and become an unavoidable concern. If you are uncertain of what could have taken place in the surrounding area of a particular property, or perhaps you know the history of your local area, the question is, is it really worth taking the risk and not doing a search?