July 2014 – a new, long awaited compensation consultation has started (8th July). You must respond by the 30th of September. Named the HS2 Property Consultation 2014. Compensation payments are being proposed for those living near the line, ranging from £7,500 to £100,000 dependent on distance from the line and value of the property. We will be supporting residents with information on how to apply for this in the coming months.
Maps, details and a response form can be found at gov.uk please click here.We would really encourage everyone in the area to respond, if you live near the route in West Ruislip, Ickenham or Harefield you should challenge who is entitled to the payments, what the payments area and if there is a more fair and appropriate way of compensating. If you live anywhere
The relevant maps for Hillingdon are London Borough Vol. 1 parts c and d.
26th June 2014 – new maps have been released today showing the updated safeguarding areas (the 3rd set so far) – view them here
Petitioning update - no petitioner from Hillingdon has had their right to petition challenged by HS2 Ltd. This is good news. However, both HS2AA and Stop HS2 have been challenged despite being great representatives and support for the victims of HS2 in our area. Let’s hope common sense prevails and they are allowed to speak up for us all.
Cross Rail visit – members of Hillingdon Against HS2, requested a visit to an actual construction and tunnelling site over a year ago. This weekend the visit finally took place. It was very upsetting to see the scale of the construction, and the proximity to homes, some of which is similar to what will take place in Hillingdon.
See the Stop HS2 article about it here.
Petitioning - the deadline has now passed and it is time to gather evidence to back up what you petitioned on. Keep in touch with us about this and any other useful information you have. If you live in Ickenham or Harefield please keep in contact with your Residents Association about petitioning as they are doing excellent work on this and will support you. If you live anywhere else please contact your Residents Association and us at email@example.com and we will do all we can to help.
Compensation – the government has announced the outcome of the re-run of the compensation consultation. The main impact for Hillingdon is that the rural compensation line has been moved in to West Ruislip, this is good news but we feel that compensation is still inadequate.
Read our previous news stories here.
Hillingdon Against HS2 is working to save our local communities from the devastation and disruption the High Speed Rail 2 project could create. The government wants to use at least £42 billion of your money to build a new high speed rail line from London Euston non-stop to Birmingham and beyond. That is £42,000,000,000!!! This price DOES NOT include the trains!!
There is still lots to be done to overturn the HS2 proposals and we still need your help.
There is a never-ending source of stories on HS2 in the media on our facebook page, please join in to keep up to date.
The biggest infrastructure project in the UK, and the most expensive railway in the world, HS2 will hurtle through parts of Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield at speeds of up to 300kph, causing residents loss of properties, businesses and leisure facilities. A link to Heathrow in phase 2 of the HS2 project may wreak further chaos and devastation on our borough, particularly South of the A40. It could mean up to 10 years of construction work, and local residents will be effectively living in a huge building site during this time.
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