February 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm / by

I wrote to the Camden New Journal this week about my opposition to HS2. You can read my letter here

Well done for the excellent Comment (Rail project spells destruction for ordinary families, February 16).

Over 216 homes in the area I represent will be demolished and a further 264 homes will also be at risk of demolition.

This is not merely about losing buildings; this is about blighting long-established communities.

The Regent’s Park estate, opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1955, is one of Camden’s largest.

Silverdale, a block famous as one of the birthplaces of the modern tenants’ movement and scene of an eviction stand-off during the 1959 rent strike, will be knocked down.

Drummond Street, which boasts some of London’s finest curry restaurants, will be dramatically impacted.

It has been estimated that 40 business premises and a range of listed buildings will be demolished.

The Maria Fidelis School site on North Gower Street will also be affected owing to its proximity to the line.

This is a devastating loss for future generations of Camden children.

As councillors we will continue to campaign against this scheme.

Cllr Tulip Siddiq
Regent’s Park ward