Groups unite to fight for a fair deal on HS2 compensation
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.