High Speed 2
House of Lords petitioning
Camden Council has submitted its final petition on the HS2 Bill to the House of Lords.
Unfair compensation, HS2 Ltd’s poor community engagement and the need for a full redevelopment of the Euston mainline station were among the concerns raised in our petition.
Our petition also asks for a further increase in the Community and Environment Fund and for the removal of Clause 48 from the Bill, which, if it remained in the Bill, would give the government powers to compulsory purchase additional land outside of the railway scheme for regeneration purposes.
The petition enables the Council to appear before the House of Lords Select Committee on additional points if the outcome of the studies into transporting construction materials and spoil by rail rather than road; into air quality and into altering the height of Hampstead Road Bridge that HS2 Ltd have committed to carry out, fail to address the points in our original petition.
The Council is continuing to work on the legal Agreement that underpins the Assurances on open space, replacement trees and provision of a construction training centre. The Council has reserved the right to appear before the Select Committee on these issues if the legal Agreement is not agreed by that time.
Camden residents, businesses and organisations also had the opportunity to petition on the High Speed 2 (HS2) Bill in spring 2016.
HS2: Camden Council secures over 100 assurances from the Secretary of State
Camden Council has secured over 100 assurances on key measures that will help protect the lives and livelihoods of its residents and businesses from more than a decade of the worst aspects of High Speed 2 (HS2) construction.
These agreements came ahead of Camden Council’s Select Committee appearance on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. By the end of the committee hearing we had reached agreements on air quality, heritage and the Code of Construction Practice (CoCP). You can now read these assurances too.
We have produced a summary of the Assurances we have secured. We have also submitted a list of suggestions to the HS2 Select Committee aimed at making the negotiations and processes relating to hybrid Bill schemes more productive and better value for money.
Our position on HS2
Camden Council opposes plans for HS2 as currently proposed. If the Government does go ahead with the scheme, Camden is committed to fighting for the best deal for our communities.