Camden giving evidence at HS2 judicial review this week

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 19:37

Camden Council has joined 14 other local authorities to take the Government to court and challenge its decision to proceed with the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail scheme.

Camden remains strongly opposed to the HS2 scheme and it has joined a legal challenge against the government's decision.

The judicial review hearing started on Monday and is expected to last for eight days.

Camden has joined with 51m, a pressure group formed of 14 other councils, to oppose the scheme.

Cllr Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council, said: "The Council does not enter into this claim against the Secretary of State lightly. It was a decision that took a lot of deliberation where we had to weigh in the balance of the cost of taking this action against the consequences if we didn't.

"The overwhelming devastation that will be caused by the HS2 scheme proceeding is too extensive for the Council not to take action. We need to do all we can to protect the residents, business owners and communities of our borough from the destructive legacy HS2 will create for decades.

"Our borough is strongly opposed to HS2 and we have been disappointed by the Government not listening to our concerns. I cannot see how the Secretary of State can lawfully proceed with this project in its current form. Camden Council will fight for every home, school and business, brick by brick."

There are seven grounds to the legal challenge and Camden is giving evidence at the hearing. Our grounds for opposition include a failure to carry out a lawful consultation; issues around the equality impact assessment and a lack of business case for the link between High Speed 1 and HS2.

An outcome of the hearing is expected in the new year.

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