|HS2 Told To Pay Up|
Calls for Ealing residents to be compensated
Residents affected by the High Speed Rail Link (HS2) through parts of Ealing should be compensated according to a new alliance.
Ealing Council has joined forces with Camden and Hillingdon to call on the government to grant “A fair deal for London” on HS2 compensation.
The alliance, set up by Camden Council, wants adequate replacement housing for people unable to live in their homes during the construction period, mitigation and compensation for residents who remain in their homes surrounded by building works and up front compensation for businesses to offset the loss of trade and property values.
According to HS2 Ltd.’s own Environmental Statement - 95% of homes have been identified as being significantly affected by either noise or vibration during the construction of HS2 are in urban areas. 91% of homes affected by night time noise during the construction of HS2 are in London. Areas of London will experience up to 590 extra HGV journeys per day during construction.
Amanda Souter, chair of Wells House Road Residents’ Association in Old Oak Common said: “We are facing the prospect of living with constant construction for 24 hours, seven days a week for up to a decade. At some points we will be completely cut off from vital amenities such as shops, transport, doctors and churches and children will have journeys of an hour or more to get to local schools only minutes away. However HS2 ltd. has failed to recognise our community’s unique circumstances in offering any form of compensation.”
Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell, said:”While we welcome the benefits that the HS2 will bring, we can’t ignore the plight of our residents who are set to suffer years of hardship with no sign of adequate compensation. It is utterly ridiculous that Londoners would be overlooked by HS2 ltd. to provide suitable compensation.
“We want HS2 ltd. to think again before attempting to shirk their responsibility to those who are clearly going to be severely affected by construction. I urge residents to step forward and sign the petition to bring this issue to the government’s attention.”
The petition can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71100.
4th November 2014