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Call for comments on future of Camden green spaces threatened by HS2

PUBLISHED: 10:22 20 September 2017

Camden Council want to know how residents would like to improve green spaces on the Ampthill Estate and in other parts of the borough. Picture: Camden Council

Camden Council want to know how residents would like to improve green spaces on the Ampthill Estate and in other parts of the borough. Picture: Camden Council

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Residents’ views are being sought on how to improve green spaces in places threatened by the high speed two rail development.

Camden Council want people from around Drummond Street, Regent’s Park and Ampthill estates to air their views in an online survey or at a drop in event.

Councillor Meric Apak said: “Camden is going to be significantly impacted by HS2 construction, which includes losing green spaces. St James’ Gardens has already closed to the public, Euston Square Gardens will be closed for the majority of construction, and green space will also be lost on estates.

“We know green spaces are important to local communities because they can improve health and wellbeing, and the character of an area, as well as creating habitats for wildlife and benefitting the environment. That’s why we want to make the most of the opportunity to improve and create spaces in impacted areas.

“I encourage residents, community groups and businesses to get involved and share your ideas. This is just the first step in the process and there will be many more opportunities to get involved as projects develop,” he added.

The council estimates two hectares’ worth of “oases” will be lost during construction of the high speed railway line, HS2.

A Camden spokesman said: “We will use residents’ views and ideas to help identify where and how we could carry out improvements. There will be further opportunities to get involved over the next few years as projects develop.”

The survey runs until October 29.

The first drop in is at Munster Square on Tuesday, October 3 from 3 to 6pm. The full list is on the survey web page.

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