Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Rail link puts hundreds of homes at risk

Hundreds of homes face demolition after a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham was given the green light by the government.

The decision by the Department of Transport to approve the line has been met with fierce opposition from both residents and councillors in Camden.

Over 216 homes in Camden will be lost and a further 264 are under threat. Forty businesses will be forced to relocate.

The council condemned the decision, saying it would be a “damning blight for almost a decade”.

On Regent’s Park Estate alone a minimum of 168 will be demolished to make space for the track and larger station at Euston, while 153 are at risk, according to a report by Camden Council. A further 132 properties will be demolished in Birmingham.

Sue Vincent, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: ‘I am dismayed that at a time of economic crisis, it is simply incomprehensible to spend billions of pounds in a project of folly that takes away peoples homes, schools and businesses.

‘Construction work in Camden will bring a damning blight for almost a decade once the dust has finally settled.’

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