HS2

11.04.16

Camden Council accuses HS2 of refusing to engage with community in petition

Camden Council have launched a House of Lords petition asking for new measures to mitigate the impact of HS2 on their area.

The council accused HS2 Ltd of failing to properly engage with the community about issues such as compensation and the impact of the high-speed train development on the local environment.

The draft petition is open for consultation until 18 April and will then be submitted to the House of Lords, who are due to debate the HS2 Bill after it passed in the House of Commons.

Cllr Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council, said: “HS2 Ltd have held no community meetings and failed to explain their assurances to our residents since Camden petitioners appeared at Select Committee, leaving us carrying the can. The most vulnerable in our communities are left fearing what will happen to them when construction starts. This is unacceptable.

“We’re seeking a genuine commitment to community engagement and a compensation package that takes into account Camden’s ‘special’ circumstances and reimburses our residents and businesses for the years of disruption they face.”

The draft petition calls the current compensation scheme “completely inadequate” and unfair because it offers the voluntary purchase scheme to rural residents but not urban residents.

It calls for the voluntary purchase scheme to be extended to Camden residents, both those whose land is to be acquired and who will be affected by the works, and for a higher rateable value limit than outside London for setting a blight notice on properties to be affected to reflect higher property prices.

It also asks for HS2 Ltd to be required to make significant improvements in how they engage with the Camden community, saying the Euston Community Representatives Group, established by HS2 Ltd, have not met since September 2015, and that there have been no public meetings with residents from the north of Camden.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee accused HS2 of ‘defensive conduct and miscommunication’ in its dealings with the public in a report published last month.

HS2’s Residents’ Commissioner, Deborah Fazan, said in February that the company has made ‘limited progress’ on establishing community links.

The petition says the proposed terminus of the railway at Euston Station should be redesigned to ensure it is fully integrated with the forthcoming Crossrail 2 and Network Rail stations.

It also says that promised donations from HS2 to Camden’s Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund, which HS2 has already committed to increase from £30m to £40m following recommendations from the House of Commons select committee, should be increased further.

It raises a number of other concerns, such as the requirement for the Maria Fidelis Convent School to relocate to accommodate the site, the lack of a requirement to share the impact of the construction on the health and wellbeing of residents, and increased pressure on highways.

However, Camden Council has received the largest settlement yet for any local authority in a deal with the Department for Transport and HS2 to mitigate the impact of HS2 and Crossrail 2 in the area.

HS2 signed an agreement with the TUC last week to work together on issues including trade union and workforce engagement, employment and recruitment, apprenticeships, health and safety, equality and diversity, procurement, environmental impact, the living wage and HS2’s legacy.

To view the petition, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... more >
Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01/04/2020Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during... more >
LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandw... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >