January 29, 2016
As many of you may be aware on Monday residents, the London Borough of Hillingdon and I gave evidence, once again, to the HS2 Select Committee. This was the final chance residents had to put their case in front of the Committee.
Over many years residents, MPs and the Council have campaigned together for Hillingdon to get proper protection from the terrible impacts of HS2. Thanks to that work, I can now see a scenario where we will have achieved better compensation; the saving of HOAC; and a traffic solution that we could live with through gritted teeth. I also believe that we could get rid of the soil dumps and move the power station further away from South Harefield. It is not as good an outcome as the tunnel we wanted but it is a lot better than where we started. However, we are not there yet. Despite assurances being given and that was what I wanted to emphasise to the committee, the next six months will be critical and I will be holding HS2’s feet to the fire to deliver on their commitments.
You can watch the full session here. Hillingdon’s session starts off with LBH from 16.19. My presentation starts at 16.38