Current Position on the campaign


CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE AGAINST HS2 CAMPAIGN

Dear Members

The campaign ‘Against’ HS2 is gathering pace and has, you may have noticed, witnessed some high profile campaigning that commenced with an ‘Against HS2’ demonstration outside Parliament earlier in the year. More recently highlighted on BBC London local news programme with the Chair of North Ealing against HS2: Alex Nieora and Ealing Council Transport Cabinet Representative: Bassam Mahfouz, both appearing on the programme highlighting resident’s plight against the proposed rail scheme.

 

Current proposals at present are to run the rail link from Euston to Birmingham through what is termed the ‘Northolt Corridor’ – Hanger Lane, Perivale, Greenford, Northolt where current proposals also seek for a tunnel to commence from Northolt (rear of Northolt High School/Wilsmere Drive area). The impact on the environment for “OUR” area is huge and WILL affect both NVRA area and its residents as well as the Northolt Ward area. In particular the following issues that WE WILL ALL be affected are:

 

  • Noise (current estimated noise levels from trains are ABOVE the EEC recommended noise levels) this WILL affect those living in Belvue Close/Belvue Road
  • Vibrations caused by speeding trains – effects as yet unknown to what effect this may or may not have on all properties both sides of the proposed route when passing through the Northolt stretch.
  • Proposals for Night freight train services – the rail route being used day and night!
  • Proposals for a Water pipe line to run alongside the rail route way
  • Rebuilding of ALL the bridges along the entire Northolt Corridor a total of 18! NVRA patch = 4 bridges affected: (i) Grand Union Canal, (ii) Foot Bridge linking both Belvue Road to Carr Road, (iii) Main A312 Mandeville Road @ Northolt Station, (iv) Eastcote Lane – (Northolt High School area)
  • Trees, habitat, vegetation along the north side of the railway embankment that runs along the Northolt area, it shall effectively destroy all green land
  • Near to: Adjacent to the NVRA boundary – the proposed commenced start of a tunnel to be built rear of Northolt High School land/rear of Wilsmere Drive area – 20 homes at Wilsmere Drive area already under ‘Warning notices of compulsory purchase orders’ (to allow heavy tunnel building equipment and vehicles access to site)
  • Home owners land – back gardens – Carr Road – seriously devaluing their properties to current values of “worthless”
  • In addition to this proposed rail scheme – now back AGAIN on the horizon proposed re-development of Heathrow Airport with yet again a THIRD and even a FORTH runway – will see vastly increased road traffic along the A312 and other local roadways!

 

The proposed HS2 rail scheme WILL affect us ALL living in NORTHOLT and it shall change the quality of ALL ‘OUR’ lives and above all ‘OUR’ environment, whether it be by noise, traffic and environmental changes. IT IS IMPORTANT to realise the long term effect this WILL have on ALL of US.

 

HS2 Current campaign:

 

We are currently into the negotiation stage that captures both residents and businesses comments, views and OBJECTIONS to the proposed rail route. The first stage has ended and we are now into the final second stage that will cease 2014. This is OUR chance to view and air ‘OUR’ concerns and OBJECTIONS. The NVRA has joined forces with the main group set up to include ALL affected groups, panels and associations along the ‘NORTHOLT CORRIDOR’ that WILL be affected by this rail proposal: ‘North Ealing against HS2’ This group are at the fore front of the campaign – together WE ARE  a VERY STRONG group ‘AGAINST’ HS2 current proposals – its main aim is to seek a TUNNEL that will run throughout the “entire” Northolt Corridor (Chilterns area have already ‘won’ their campaign and got their tunnel – so too has parts of Ruislip) The proposed Heathrow rail link has also now been moved to Ickenham (originally destined between Northolt and South Ruislip).

 

Ealing Council are fully on board the scheme in undertaking a modelling process, which includes costs for a tunnel that will run along the Northolt Corridor, in efforts to save residents homes and land being swallowed up, environment impacts and major roadway alterations and traffic congestions. (Hanger Lane gyratory system A40 being one of the most affected).

 

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has also spoken out against the campaign especially in view of destroying residents homes and impact on the environment, plus the expansion against Heathrow.

 

The NVRA have been instrumental in supporting the scheme AGAINST HS2 by joining forces with – attending meetings, participation with regular contact with NEAHS2, ensuring that OUR residents views, concerns and objections are heard and added to the main campaign.

 

Next Stage of Campaign:

 

The next stage of the campaign AGAINST HS2 is a public demonstration to keep the campaign ‘active’ and to ‘highlight’ its OBJECTIONS:

 

FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER – HANGER LANE – commencing: 7:30am till 19:30pm

– giving those who wish to make their objection known a chance to be involved, please, if YOU can turn up at any time between the time stated, help is needed to give out leaflets, whatever time YOU are able to attended, for those who work it may mean either before or maybe after work at Hanger Lane – more details see separate poster.

 

The demonstration has Police permission granted and spans the day to allow those who can and are able to attend to plan a time convenient to YOUR day’s plans in being able to support the campaign – PLEASE, if YOU can spare even half an hour to come along and to support and help the campaign at a time to suit your day, attend – the bigger the support – the louder the voice – the better the campaign.

 

Remember: Proposals for this rail project WILL AFFECT US ALL, the project WILL go ahead in one way or the other, it WILL happen, the best for ALL OUR residents is to PUSH loudly and strongly ‘IN UNISON’ – TOGETHER for a “TUNNEL” along the NORTHOLT CORRIDOR – to ‘SAVE’ residents homes, land, vegetation and OUR environment. PLEASE GIVE US SOME SUPPORT.

 

Jon Parry

Chair Northolt Village Residents Association

The NVRA will continue to attend the various meetings as much as possible and ensure that the message on behalf of our members and residents is continuously represented, and continue to lobby for pressure against the current rail project proposals, but YOU, YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS and FAMILY can also help by writing to your respective MP. (see separate section on writing to your MP).

The Minister for Transport has decided to press ahead with HS2, but that is not the end of the challenge for 51m. Whether the project becomes a reality or not is a matter for Parliament to decide, and that will depend upon the outcome of MPs voting on the Hybrid Bill, expected to go before the House of Commons in 2014.

Ealing Council

Ealing Council are not taking decisive action on this matter, and are being overcautious. Ealing would become a ‘key’ member if they joined 51m and nearly every Council along the HS2 route has already joined 51m, so what’s the delay? Ealing’s absence and silence speaks volumes – not exactly what residents would wish for right now.

HS2 Ltd have even indicated to US (our Group), that we should pursue political channels for a tunnel under NORTHOLT, GREENFORD, PERVALE and EALING. (HS2 Ltd are only able to answer questions and issues that potation to their brief ONLY, as a tunnel between Ealing and Northolt has never been envisaged on their current plans they are unable to take these matters on board and will NOT take any matters concerning a tunnel back to the Secretary of State DfT – Department for Transport).

Fact:     The 2m group of     councils opposing the third runway at Heathrow was a key factor     contributing to Heathrow Airport expansion being halted (this remains     official current government policy). Ealing did not join the 2m group at     the time choosing instead to rely on other councils to do the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell

Assistant      Director of Strategic Transport

London      Borough of Ealing

 

Has      written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 – stating:

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell has written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 –      stating:

 

‘we      will continue to discuss options over this with colleagues in neighbouring      authorities.  Under the right terms      and conditions, Ealing Council remains open to the group.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick O’Donnell: Assistant Director of Strategic Transport

London Borough of Ealing

 

In pursuit of further action

 

 

We must demonstrate the link between spending on HS2 and cut backs in healthcare leading to hospital A&E closures – we must demonstrate to those who, even though they may not live near the HS2 line in Ealing will still have to pay towards it as taxpayers, despite gaining no benefit from it.

 

National Day of Action

 

 

North     Ealing Against HS2 will be attending the National Day of Action Against HS2     on:

 

Monday 16th July between 12 and 2pm

Outside     the Houses of Parliament

 

Raising     the profile of the situation in Ealing, which has still failed to receive     the attention of the national press. Hundreds of people are expected and     MPs will be invited to attend. The White Elephant will be there. The event     will be along the same lines as that held last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Position on the campaign

The NVRA will continue to attend the various meetings as much as possible and ensure that the message on behalf of our members and residents is continuously represented, and continue to lobby for pressure against the current rail project proposals, but YOU, YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS and FAMILY can also help by writing to your respective MP. (see separate section on writing to your MP).

 

The Minister for Transport has decided to press ahead with HS2, but that is not the end of the challenge for 51m. Whether the project becomes a reality or not is a matter for Parliament to decide, and that will depend upon the outcome of MPs voting on the Hybrid Bill, expected to go before the House of Commons in 2014.

 

Ealing Council

 

Ealing Council are not taking decisive action on this matter, and are being overcautious. Ealing would become a ‘key’ member if they joined 51m and nearly every Council along the HS2 route has already joined 51m, so what’s the delay? Ealing’s absence and silence speaks volumes – not exactly what residents would wish for right now.

 

HS2 Ltd have even indicated to US (our Group), that we should pursue political channels for a tunnel under NORTHOLT, GREENFORD, PERVALE and EALING. (HS2 Ltd are only able to answer questions and issues that potation to their brief ONLY, as a tunnel between Ealing and Northolt has never been envisaged on their current plans they are unable to take these matters on board and will NOT take any matters concerning a tunnel back to the Secretary of State DfT – Department for Transport).

Fact:     The 2m group of     councils opposing the third runway at Heathrow was a key factor     contributing to Heathrow Airport expansion being halted (this remains     official current government policy). Ealing did not join the 2m group at     the time choosing instead to rely on other councils to do the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell

Assistant      Director of Strategic Transport

London      Borough of Ealing

 

Has      written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 – stating:

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell has written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 –      stating:

 

‘we      will continue to discuss options over this with colleagues in neighbouring      authorities.  Under the right terms      and conditions, Ealing Council remains open to the group.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick O’Donnell: Assistant Director of Strategic Transport

London Borough of Ealing

 

In pursuit of further action

 

 

We must demonstrate the link between spending on HS2 and cut backs in healthcare leading to hospital A&E closures – we must demonstrate to those who, even though they may not live near the HS2 line in Ealing will still have to pay towards it as taxpayers, despite gaining no benefit from it.

 

National Day of Action

 

 

North     Ealing Against HS2 will be attending the National Day of Action Against HS2     on:

 

Monday 16th July between 12 and 2pm

Outside     the Houses of Parliament

 

Raising     the profile of the situation in Ealing, which has still failed to receive     the attention of the national press. Hundreds of people are expected and     MPs will be invited to attend. The White Elephant will be there. The event     will be along the same lines as that held last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Position on the campaign

The NVRA will continue to attend the various meetings as much as possible and ensure that the message on behalf of our members and residents is continuously represented, and continue to lobby for pressure against the current rail project proposals, but YOU, YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS and FAMILY can also help by writing to your respective MP. (see separate section on writing to your MP).

 

The Minister for Transport has decided to press ahead with HS2, but that is not the end of the challenge for 51m. Whether the project becomes a reality or not is a matter for Parliament to decide, and that will depend upon the outcome of MPs voting on the Hybrid Bill, expected to go before the House of Commons in 2014.

 

Ealing Council

 

Ealing Council are not taking decisive action on this matter, and are being overcautious. Ealing would become a ‘key’ member if they joined 51m and nearly every Council along the HS2 route has already joined 51m, so what’s the delay? Ealing’s absence and silence speaks volumes – not exactly what residents would wish for right now.

 

HS2 Ltd have even indicated to US (our Group), that we should pursue political channels for a tunnel under NORTHOLT, GREENFORD, PERVALE and EALING. (HS2 Ltd are only able to answer questions and issues that potation to their brief ONLY, as a tunnel between Ealing and Northolt has never been envisaged on their current plans they are unable to take these matters on board and will NOT take any matters concerning a tunnel back to the Secretary of State DfT – Department for Transport).

Fact:     The 2m group of     councils opposing the third runway at Heathrow was a key factor     contributing to Heathrow Airport expansion being halted (this remains     official current government policy). Ealing did not join the 2m group at     the time choosing instead to rely on other councils to do the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell

Assistant      Director of Strategic Transport

London      Borough of Ealing

 

Has      written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 – stating:

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell has written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 –      stating:

 

‘we      will continue to discuss options over this with colleagues in neighbouring      authorities.  Under the right terms      and conditions, Ealing Council remains open to the group.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick O’Donnell: Assistant Director of Strategic Transport

London Borough of Ealing

 

In pursuit of further action

 

 

We must demonstrate the link between spending on HS2 and cut backs in healthcare leading to hospital A&E closures – we must demonstrate to those who, even though they may not live near the HS2 line in Ealing will still have to pay towards it as taxpayers, despite gaining no benefit from it.

 

National Day of Action

 

 

North     Ealing Against HS2 will be attending the National Day of Action Against HS2     on:

 

Monday 16th July between 12 and 2pm

Outside     the Houses of Parliament

 

Raising     the profile of the situation in Ealing, which has still failed to receive     the attention of the national press. Hundreds of people are expected and     MPs will be invited to attend. The White Elephant will be there. The event     will be along the same lines as that held last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Position on the campaign

The NVRA will continue to attend the various meetings as much as possible and ensure that the message on behalf of our members and residents is continuously represented, and continue to lobby for pressure against the current rail project proposals, but YOU, YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS and FAMILY can also help by writing to your respective MP. (see separate section on writing to your MP).

 

The Minister for Transport has decided to press ahead with HS2, but that is not the end of the challenge for 51m. Whether the project becomes a reality or not is a matter for Parliament to decide, and that will depend upon the outcome of MPs voting on the Hybrid Bill, expected to go before the House of Commons in 2014.

 

Ealing Council

 

Ealing Council are not taking decisive action on this matter, and are being overcautious. Ealing would become a ‘key’ member if they joined 51m and nearly every Council along the HS2 route has already joined 51m, so what’s the delay? Ealing’s absence and silence speaks volumes – not exactly what residents would wish for right now.

 

HS2 Ltd have even indicated to US (our Group), that we should pursue political channels for a tunnel under NORTHOLT, GREENFORD, PERVALE and EALING. (HS2 Ltd are only able to answer questions and issues that potation to their brief ONLY, as a tunnel between Ealing and Northolt has never been envisaged on their current plans they are unable to take these matters on board and will NOT take any matters concerning a tunnel back to the Secretary of State DfT – Department for Transport).

Fact:     The 2m group of     councils opposing the third runway at Heathrow was a key factor     contributing to Heathrow Airport expansion being halted (this remains     official current government policy). Ealing did not join the 2m group at     the time choosing instead to rely on other councils to do the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell

Assistant      Director of Strategic Transport

London      Borough of Ealing

 

Has      written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 – stating:

 

 

 

Nick      O’Donnell has written to Alex Nieora – Chair North Ealing against HS2 –      stating:

 

‘we      will continue to discuss options over this with colleagues in neighbouring      authorities.  Under the right terms      and conditions, Ealing Council remains open to the group.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick O’Donnell: Assistant Director of Strategic Transport

London Borough of Ealing

 

In pursuit of further action

 

 

We must demonstrate the link between spending on HS2 and cut backs in healthcare leading to hospital A&E closures – we must demonstrate to those who, even though they may not live near the HS2 line in Ealing will still have to pay towards it as taxpayers, despite gaining no benefit from it.

 

National Day of Action

 

 

North     Ealing Against HS2 will be attending the National Day of Action Against HS2     on:

 

Monday 16th July between 12 and 2pm

Outside     the Houses of Parliament

 

Raising     the profile of the situation in Ealing, which has still failed to receive     the attention of the national press. Hundreds of people are expected and     MPs will be invited to attend. The White Elephant will be there. The event     will be along the same lines as that held last year.