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If HS2 funding is cut the government has a responsibility to Camden

09 August, 2019

• TWO hectares of public open space in the borough has been lost to HS2 construction works.

From day one of the scheme we have campaigned, with residents, to protect our community from some of the worst impacts.

We secured hard-won commitments from government that open space and trees lost to the scheme would be replaced like-for-like; 117 trees have been replaced since 2017.

We also secured a funding commitment from HS2 to enhance and create new green spaces in impacted areas during construction.

We always explore oppor­tunities to plant mature trees, as demonstrated at the old Maria Fidelis School where new green space is planned on the site alongside a centre for jobs and community space.

As part of any planning application for over-station development we would also expect significant new trees and greening.

If funding for HS2 is cut or prioritised elsewhere, the government has a responsibility to Camden. The Euston area, currently a building site, cannot be left abandoned in this state.

Camden would expect to reclaim land to replace the green space and trees already lost to the scheme. We would expect the necessary funding to make right the disruption, and to deliver the homes and jobs the community need on this demolition site.

CLLR DANNY BEALES
Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities
& an Inclusive Economy

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