Camden council has announced a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Transport over flawed proposals for the High Speed 2 rail project, which will devastate the borough.
In a letter published in the Camden New Journal, Lazzaro Pietragnoli, Labour candidate for the Camden Town with Primrose Hill by-election (pictured below), said:
“Although there is nothing corrupt in the series of private talks between senior representatives of the government (including the Prime Minister) and bosses of HS2 developers, Arup Ltd (New Journal, March 29); they do offer a pretty damning contrast to the attitude so far shown to local residents in Camden concerned about these plans.
These plans will devastate our borough. When local people, including in my own area of Primrose Hill, tried to raise concerns about the social, economic and environmental impact of the project, what did they get as a response? Not an invitation to supper at Number 10, but a dearth of information plus a series of poorly organised forums that the press and some members of the public were apparently banned from attending. This is unacceptable. These concerns are not matter of party allegiance, as demonstrated very well by the unusual alliance between 15 local councils, many of them run by the Conservatives, that are challenging the government in court. Camden is among them and is rightly defending the interests of its residents.
Hundreds of homes, many local streets, small businesses and even a school will be destroyed if the project goes ahead as it is at the moment. We do not want simply to tinker around the edges; we want the project to be at the very least fundamentally revised and we want our local representatives to have a formal say on it. Most of all, we want the Government to listen to the people on whom the project will be imposed and not only the companies that stand to profit.”
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