Groups unite to fight for a fair deal on HS2 com­pen­sa­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MPS AND coun­cil lead­ers came to­gether to form a cross-party al­liance de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment pro­vide a ‘fair deal for London’ re­gard­ing HS2 com­pen­sa­tion.

In a let­ter to trans­port min­is­ter Pa­trick McLough­lin, the al­liance, which in­cludes Hilling­don Coun­cil, has called for a ‘fair and tai­lored’ com­pen­sa­tion pack­age for the city.

The group said it wants ad­e­quate re­place­ment hous­ing for peo­ple who have to move dur­ing con­struc­tion; mit­i­ga­tion and com­pen­sa­tion for those who have to re­main in their homes through­out the build­ing works; and up-front com­pen­sa­tion for busi­nesses to off­set their loss of trade and prop­erty val­ues.

Mem­bers are also call­ing for ‘fair com­pen­sa­tion and mit­i­ga­tion’ for the loss of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties such as the Hilling­don Out­door Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre, which is sit­u­ated on the pro­posed route.

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “The cur­rent HS2 com­pen­sa­tion pack­age on of­fer to Hilling­don res­i­dents and business own­ers is frankly un­ac­cept­able, given the scale of the dis­rup­tion and heartache we will have to live with.

“Decades of ma­jor con­struc­tion work, noise and air pol­lu­tion are due to be im­posed on us, as well as the dev­as­tat­ing loss of homes, wildlife habi­tats and com­mu­nity hubs such as the Hilling­don Out­door Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre.

“I would urge ev­ery­one who con­tin­ues to op­pose HS2 to support the London Al­liance by sign­ing our pe­ti­tion call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide a fairer deal for all Lon­don­ers whose lives will be blighted by this mul­ti­mil­lion pound folly.”

The al­liance com­prises six MPs, in­clud­ing Sir John Ran­dall (Con, Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip) and Nick Hurd (Con, Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner) plus three coun­cil lead­ers, in­clud­ing Mr Pud­di­foot.

To sign the e-pe­ti­tion, visit www. hilling­don.gov.uk/hs2.

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