HS2: ‘Unacceptable’ compensation package handed to Camden
The Government has now announced its full property compensation package for HS2 phase one.
Despite consultation feedback highlighting the need for extra compensation measures in urban areas, the comprehensive and tailored compensation package given to the countryside is not mirrored in London.
Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for Ministers to announce a package that gives comfort to the countryside, while hundreds of people in Camden face the prospect of HS2’s decade of disruption to their lives and livelihoods without fair compensation.”
Cllr Hayward has written to Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, to express our disappointment.
We continue to work with the Fair Deal for London Alliance as we ask the Government to review the compensation package.
Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Planning, said: “Today’s announcement will be seen as unacceptable by the hundreds of Camden residents who stand on the brink of HS2’s decade of disruption to their lives, homes and wellbeing.
“While Ministers announce a package that gives comfort to the shires, Londoners are punished with multiple construction sites for a generation without fair compensation.
“We are taking advice on the steps we can take to have this package reviewed, but I call on all members of the Fair Deal for London Alliance to come together and lobby Ministers to get a fair deal for residents and businesses.”
Camden Council opposes plans for HS2 as currently proposed. If the government does go ahead with the scheme, Camden is committed to securing the best deal for our communities. Find out more here.