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. 

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. Read our Mitigation Asks here

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 Government for fair compensation and mitigation for London’s residents and businesses.

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Have your say

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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