Call for HS2 improvements or Old Oak Common and Northolt people 'will suffer'

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HIGH Speed Rail 2 (HS2) could have a negative impact on people and businesses unless a number of improvements are made to the plans, Ealing Council is warning.

The borough will lodge a petition if its concerns with are not addressed when the Bill is read in Parliament for the second time on Monday.

The HS2 Bill was first presented to Parliament in November and was accompanied by an environmental statement, which included Ealing Council’s issues with the scheme.

An independent assessor is now compiling a report summarising all feedback, which will be presented to MPs ahead of the second reading. Ealing’s concerns focus on the Old Oak Common area of Acton and parts of Northolt, and includes issues such as inadequate property compensation for residents, as well as the impact on air quality, loss of open space, noise and visual impact, detrimental road closures and diversions.

The borough has already hosted meetings for people in Old Oak Common and Northolt and provided detailed advice and useful contacts.

In 2012, Ealing Council successfully campaigned with residents for the HS2 route to be tunnelled underneath the borough rather than built over ground.

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