The recent announcement of the second phase of the £32bn HS2 high speed rail network, which will cut journey times between York and London by about 30 minutes, has been greeted with dismay by residents of Church Fenton.
The preferred route will take high-speed trains to the Church Fenton area, where they can connect with existing lines and run into York.
Councillor James Alexander, leader of the Labour-run City of York Council, said the project was key to securing the city's economic future. He said: "This commitment to the next phase of the HS2 programme means that York is set to realise real economic benefits upon its completion".
However, Andrew Mason, from Church Fenton Parish Council, said he thought the project would "blight the village". He went on to say: "If you look at the route, where it's going, we're a lovely village at the moment, we have got a rural background and this will completely decimate it and create an urban island. I am sure when we have consulted with the village everybody will take the view that it's just not going to happen".
The drawings showing the favoured route have been released showing plans to build a huge 14m high viaduct on the edge of Church Fenton. The viaduct would be needed to elevate the track as it heads over local roads and the flood plain of Dort's Dyke.
Parish councillor Stephen Johnson said he believed the line would run through, or very close to four properties in the village, and a public meeting would be organised to enable residents to ask questions and have their say. This meeting will take place on the 4th of February at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.
As it stands, it would appear that a number of homes in the village would need to be demolished as part of the scheme. Properties on Common Lane and Sandwath Lane are shown to lie directly under the proposed route.
An official public consultation on the route of HS2 is expected to commence later this year leading to a final decision in 2014.
Make sure you visit the village web site regularly for further information on how this will affect Church Fenton.