High Speed 2

HS2: Camden Council secures further assurances from the Secretary of State

Camden Council secured a package of agreements, known as assurances, before our House of Lords Select Committee appearance on 6 September 2016. These assurances recognise that HS2 Ltd needs to do more to address the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) railway scheme’s impact on Camden, and will help to hold HS2 Ltd to account. 

We have published the final assurances letter we received from HS2 Ltd (14 September). We still do not accept that HS2 Ltd's assurances on materials by rail and Euston Station comprehensive redevelopment go far enough to address the concerns raised in our petition. The two assurances were offered on an open, unconditional basis and did not require the Council to withdraw its case at Select Committee.

We appeared on these issues at Select Committee and we are awaiting the Select Committee's considerations on these issues, along with our case for fairer compensation for Camden residents and businesses, and the removal of Clause 48 from the HS2 Bill, which would give the government unnecessary powers to compulsory purchase land outside of the railway scheme for regeneration purposes. 

Camden residents, businesses and organisations also had the opportunity to petition on the HS2 Bill in spring 2016.

Camden Council secures over 100 assurances from the Secretary of State 

In December 2015, Camden Council 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. 

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. 

That is why we are working with residents, businesses and communities to seek to minimise the disruption they experience from HS2 and to make the case that any proposals should maximise community benefits and regeneration opportunities. 

Camden faces the highest levels of disruption from HS2 of all the areas on the route:

  • Up to 500 homes could be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. 
  • Hundreds of homes and businesses, and thousands of people, will be impacted by multiple construction works often lasting for a decade or longer. 
  • Drummond Street, Camden’s vibrant curry mile, will be hugely disrupted. 
  • St James Gardens, historic cemetery and open space will be severely diminished. 
  • Vent shafts at Adelaide Road, Alexandra Place and Cobourg Street will result in the loss of businesses and residential and open space.  

Find out how you might be affected by reading about the impacts on your ward.

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Camden deserves a fair deal

The Government has recognised the need to provide a comprehensive and tailored compensation package for the countryside. Yet this is not mirrored in urban areas.

This means hundreds of Camden residents and businesses will be left out of pocket, forced to move from their homes and communities, or left to struggle against years of multiple construction works without sufficient protection.

Watch Sohail and Carol’s stories, find out the impact of HS2 on your area and view the petition to the government for fair compensation and mitigation for London’s residents and businesses.

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Your views are vital in helping to shape our actions and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to tell us what you think and share your ideas on HS2. If there is anything you would like to bring to our attention, please do get in touch with us at highspeed2@camden.gov.uk

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