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Improving green spaces in areas impacted by HS2 construction

Improving Green Spaces in Areas Impacted by HS2 Construction

High Speed Two (HS2) is a new high speed railway linking London with Birmingham, and further north. The new rail network’s London terminus will be at Euston. Two hectares of public green space will be lost there during HS2 construction – the size of two rugby pitches.

While some of the green space will be replaced as part of the HS2 scheme, it may not be ready for 10 years. In addition to committing to replacing open space lost, HS2 Ltd has committed to funding to improve open and green spaces in the impacted areas.

Camden Council want to ensure local communities have access to and can enjoy green spaces during the construction period. They have asked us to work with them to talk with residents, community organisations, businesses and visitors about how the funding available from HS2 Ltd can be best used to improve and create local green space.

How to get involved

We would like to know how you currently use green spaces in the area, what you think of them, and how you think we could use this opportunity to improve spaces. There are a number of ways you can help shape green space improvements in the impacted areas:

For regular updates on the engagement, visit the Camden Council website and sign up to the Council’s HS2 e-newsletter.

What is Groundwork London’s role?

We are passionate about London’s green spaces and are keen to work with everyone who lives, works and visits the area impacted by the HS2 construction around Euston station, to ensure the funding available for green space improvements is used to meet local wants and needs.

Our role in the engagement is to encourage discussion, listen to your ideas for improving and creating green space, and collect what we’ve heard into a report for Camden Council. The Council will use this report as the basis for improving green space provision in the area impacted by HS2 construction.

Why is Groundwork London involved?

We were asked to carry out this engagement because, as an environmental and social regeneration charity, we have been working with communities across London for over twenty years. We work hard to ensure that as many voices from the community as possible are represented in our work.

Our aim as an organisation is to create better places: where people are more satisfied with where they live and more empowered to take part in local decision-making; environments are more resilient and better protected; economies and employment are more sustainable; and resources are more responsibly managed, reused and saved.

To find out more about this consultation, visit the website or email greenspaces@groundwork.org.uk

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