London,
08
July
2016

Camden Leader challenges Conservative leadership candidates on HS2 and EU

Camden Council Leader Sarah Hayward has written to Conservative leadership hopefuls Theresa May MP and Andrea Leadsom MP urging them to clarify their positions on High Speed 2 (HS2) and the status of EU nationals in the UK.

Read the letters to May and Leadsom.

Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council, said:

“The people of Camden face huge uncertainties from HS2 and, following the EU referendum, increasing threats to the diversity and stability of our communities. These growing challenges make it all the more important that those seeking to be the next Prime Minister are clear about where these stand on these vital issues.

“The damaging impacts of HS2 are already causing anxiety for our residents, and too much uncertainty persists on vital issues like the need for a comprehensive design for Euston Station, fairer compensation, and getting dangerous and polluting lorries off of our roads. And following the referendum, questions are now being raised about the terms of all of our futures but especially our EU national residents.

“I call on the candidates to make it clear where they stand.”

Camden’s residents and businesses face the prospect of significant disruption from HS2 construction for the next 17 years.

If HS2 goes ahead, Camden Council continues to press for a comprehensive redevelopment of Euston Station. This would align the station's development with the proposed HS2 and Crossrail 2 stations and over station development to unlock the maximum amount of new affordable homes and jobs around a world-class station and reduce the impact of destruction on our surrounding communities. Current plans do not guarantee this comprehensive development of the station.

Read more information on the Council’s response to HS2 and the Council's action on hate crime on our website.

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