Last night worried residents from all over Camden gathered in Primrose Hill’s Cecil Sharp House, kindly leant by the EFDSS, to consider how pollution will affect the borough if HS2 goes ahead as currently planned.
The meeting was organised by Save Camden From HS2, and speakers included Frank Dobson MP, Natalie Bennett (National Leader, Green Party), Emma Crane (HS2 Action Alliance), Pat Callaghan (Deputy Leader, Camden Council), Murad Qureshi (Greater London Authority) and Martin Sheppard (Save Camden from HS2)
Ten years of lorries clogging our streets while Euston and other buildings including social housing are torn down and replaced will push airborne pollutants – already at dangerous levels – sky-high. Councillor Pat Callaghan, Deputy Leader of Camden Council and cabinet member for health, put it clearly:
“Don’t let HS2 – or the works associated with HS2 – rob us of our health.”
Emma Crane covered the lack of compensation for those whose property is blighted by proximity to the HS2.
Natalie Bennett was forthright:
“This is a disastrous project for the whole nation.”
So what can you do to help fight this assault on our borough, our health and our finances?
Take a look at http://www.savecamdenfromhs2.org, where you will find all the information you need.
Other local groups fighting HS2 are http://www.hs2actionalliance.org and http://soscamden.org, and their websites are also great sources of information and inspiration for action.
But don’t delay, and don’t leave it to others. As Frank Dobson pointed out, “If we don’t keep fighting, we can’t win.”
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