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HS2 campaign group points to suffering of Hillingdon community groups
CAMPAIGNERS against the planned HS2 rail link, which is planned to run through Hillingdon, list a range of borough groups that would suffer, along with residents, in response to the HS2 Environmental Statement.
They say the impact, now formally acknowledged by HS2 Ltd, could be avoided, reduced or remedied by extending the proposed Ealing-Northolt-Ruislip tunnel further west.
This request has so far been rejected.
Hillingdon Against HS2 says around 200 hectares of farmland will be lost during construction and only 145 restored on completion.
It points to the potential loss of the charity-run Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre in Harefield, which has 22,000 users.
It also lists "major adverse” effects at other important community sites, such as Blenheim Care Centre for the elderly, Ruislip and Haste Hill golf clubs, Ruislip Comedy Bunker, Ruislip Rifle Club and angling locations at the Colne Valley lakes.
Campaigners fear increased traffic congestion for businesses, deliveries and commuters in Uxbridge, Heathrow, Stockley Park, Ickenham, Ruislip, Harefield, Northwood, Pinner, and Harrow.
The response was prepared with the help of Ickenham Residents Association, Harefield Tenants and Residents Association and Hillingdon Council.
The full response is available to read on http://ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk/2014/02/28/hillingdon-and-ruislip-against-hs2-response-to-hs2-environmental-statement/