Ealing looks for HS2 amendments

Ealing Council has said the High Speed Rail 2 scheme could have a negative impact on in the borough, and has asked for a number of amendments to be made to the proposals.

At a recent meeting, the council agreed that it could object to details contained within the HS2 Bill by putting forward a petition to the Houses of Parliament.

The council say they will lodge the petition if their concerns with HS2 are not met when the Bill is read at Parliament for the second time later this month.

The HS2 Bill was first presented to Parliament in November 2013 and was accompanied by an environmental statement which included Ealing Council’s issues with the scheme. An independent assessor is now compiling a report summarising all feedback, which will be presented to MPs ahead of the second reading.

Ealing’s list of concerns for the current scheme focuses on the Old Oak Common area in Acton and parts of Northolt, and includes issues such as what the council sees as inadequate property compensation for local residents, as well as the impact on air quality, loss of open space, noise and visual impacts, road closures and diversions, and more.

Ealing’s executive director for regeneration and housing, Pat Hayes, said: “Ealing Council welcomes the idea of high speed 2 and the regeneration benefits it will bring to London. However, we are concerned that people living in Old Oak Common and parts of Northolt could suffer from the construction of the railway and we will do everything necessary to ensure our concerns are addressed.”

In 2012, Ealing Council successfully campaigned with residents for the HS2 route to be tunnelled underneath the borough rather than built overground.

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