NIKKI CRITICISES UNECESSARY COUNCIL SPENDING ON HS2 PROPAGANDA
|Nikki has hit back at council spending taxpayer’s money on political propaganda. She has criticised Birmingham City Council for placing signs around Birmingham which publicise their support for the HS2 scheme. Nikki has taken money out of her own pocket to fund banners to counter balance the HS2 ‘yes’ argument, which have been placed next to the councils signs.|
Nikki has always been vocal in her scepticisms of the HS2 project – a £17 billion scheme which will link Birmingham and London with a high speed rail network.
Studies claim that HS2 will create 22,000 jobs and that increased use of rail travel will be good for the environment as people give up their cars for the daily commute, but Nikki is concerned about the effects on people’s homes and the countryside, stating, “The government must stop wasting tax payers money on a vanity project as the new route destroys homes and villages. It would cut a motorway wide swathe through our countryside to Birmingham International where a new car park would be required”.
“ There is a real danger of Birmingham becoming a subsidiary of London if the HS2 project goes ahead. The money would be better spent on further regeneration within the Midlands”.