by Tom Simon on 28 April, 2011
Camden Liberal Democrats have taken the case against High Speed 2 directly to the coalition government.
Transport Spokesperson Councillor Paul Braithwaite and Belsize Councillor Tom Simon met with Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Norman Baker on Tuesday and set out the concerns of local people in Camden.
Cllr Paul Braithwaite said, “This was an important opportunity for us to take the concerns of our Camden communities directly to the minister of transport.”
“We set out the case against High Speed 2, and the devastating impact it will have in Camden – more than in any other Local Authority. Although it will be the Conservative Secretary of State who will decide the issue, it is important for all ministers to understand just how strong the opposition to the scheme is.
“We had a full and frank exchange with the minister. The government need to realise that neither the carbon nor the business case for High Speed 2 add up and while money is so tight there are better ways of spending £17bn.”
Cllr Tom Simon said, “Huge numbers of people in Belsize Park are understandably worried about High Speed 2 and have contacted me about this issue.
“The Conservatives are the only party in Camden who seem prepared to back this flawed scheme and unwilling to take a stand against the government. We will continue to use Lib Dem influence in government to stand up for Camden residents.”1 Comment