Community Conversations

2014

February: HS2 Euston Action Group formed

With the HS2 Hybrid Bill entering the Parliamentary process, HS2 Ltd indicated they are not currently planning to continue their engagement with the Community Forums. At a meeting at Dick Collins Hall on 12 February it was voted unanimously that the Euston Area Community Forum would change its purpose to become an ‘Action’ group to be known as the HS2 Euston Action Group.

February: Euston Community Forum Response to the ES

You can now view the response to Environmental Statement submitted by the Community Forum.

2013

16 December: Euston Community Forum meeting

The Euston Community Forum meeting is scheduled for Monday 16 December from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Maria Fidelis Convent School North Gower Street, NW1 2HR. An agenda will be provided in advance of the meeting. 

December: Euston Community Forum response to Property Compensation Consultation

HS2 Ltd's consultation closed on 4 December 2013. You can download the response here:

October: Euston Community Forum Property Compensation Consultation Workshop

Consultation workshop facilitated by HS2 is arranged for Tuesday 29 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Maria Fidelis School, North Gower Street, NW1 2HR. If you are interested in attending, please enquire at community.forums@hs2.org.uk.

Information on the Property Compensation Consultation 2013, including all the relevant documentation, is available online at Gov.uk website. Paper copies can be requested by contacting 0300 123 1102 or can also be viewed at local libraries:

  • Camden Town Library, Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt Street, NW11BD
  • Castlehaven Community Association, 21 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8RU
  • Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA
  • Kilburn Library Centre 12-22 Kilburn High Road, NW6 5UH
  • St Pancras Library Camden Town Hall Extension, Argyle Street WC1H 8NN
  • Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA

September: Euston Community Forum meeting  

The Euston Community Forum meeting was held on 5 September from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Maria Fidelis Convent School and focused on the Hybrid Bill procedure.

July: Euston Community Forum response to HS2 consultations

Euston Community Forum’s response documents are now available to download: 

June: HS2 consultation events

The final consultation event takes place in Camden during the draft environmental statement and design refinement consultation period:

  • Camden Town: Saturday 22 June, 10am-5pm at Clarence Hall, Bradfield Court, Hawley Road, Camden, NW1 8RN

June: Euston Community Forum meeting

The Euston Community Forum meeting was held on the 11 June from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Maria Fidelis Convent School and focused on the HS2 draft Environmental Statement and Design Refinement document.

April: Euston Community Forum meeting

The Euston Community Forum meeting was held on the 18 April from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Maria Fidelis Convent School. HS2 presented the latest Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and discussed the latest design for Euston station.

January:  Safeguarding and Property and Compensation consultations

A Euston Community Forum meeting with HS2 was held on 24 January 2013 at Maria Fidelis School. Open to all members of the public, the aim of the meeting was to talk about how to respond to the safeguarding and property and compensation consultations. The agenda items also included a Q&A session based on a number of questions sent through to HS2 in advance.

Unfortunately, HS2 were unable to satisfactorily respond to the majority of these questions and feedback indicated that most attendees considered the meeting unproductive, due to HS2’s unpreparedness and inability to answer their questions and address their concerns.

2012

November: Euston Community Forum meeting

An HS2 Ltd Euston Community Forum took place on 22 November at Maria Fidelis School. The meeting was open to all members of the public and residents from the Regents Park ward were encouraged to attend. Agenda items included presentations from HS2 Ltd on Euston station designs and an update on the safeguarding and blight compensation consultations. 

The papers for the meeting are available to download from the HS2 website: 

July: Public meeting chaired by Councillor Hayward

A public meeting was held on Thursday 19 July 2012 at Christchurch Primary. At this meeting the community discussed how to move forward with engagement in light of HS2’s letter which states that they are unable to accept the terms of reference drafted by the community.  

Approximately 60 people attended the meeting chaired by Councillor Hayward.  The agenda and minutes from the meeting is available here:

Following a discussion where everyone who wanted to was given a chance to express their views and to discuss the pro and cons of continuing with community forums, a vote was taken and the decision was not to proceed.
You can read a letter from Alison Munro at HS2 to Cllr Hayward as a result of the decision to disengage with community forums:

Additional information requested at public meetings in relation to the design spec can be found here:

You can contact HS2 Ltd directly at HS2enquires@hs2.gsi.gov.uk

Previous community forum meetings

The following community forum meetings have been held in Camden:

  • the first Euston Community Forum meeting was held on 19 March 2012.
  • View notes from the meeting
  • the first Camden Town High Speed 1 Link Community Forum meeting was held on 22 March 2012. View notes from the meeting
  • the first Primrose Hill to Kilburn Community Forum meeting was held on 28 March 2012.
  • a public meeting was held at Christ Church Primary School on 12 June 2012.

You can download the terms of reference agreed by the community here:

HS2 were unable to agree to these terms of reference at the meeting. Councillor Hayward wrote to HS2 on the matter following the meeting and HS2 have since responded, you can view their letter here:

Background to community forums in Camden

A first round of community forums, set up and chaired by HS2 Limited, was held in March 2012. Three separate forums were held for Euston; the area covered by the tunnel between Primrose Hill and Kilburn; and the HS2/ HS1 link.

The meetings were attended by a range of community representatives and private individuals; there were concerns about how well the meetings were run and the lack of information available from HS2 Ltd. Each of the forums rejected the Terms of Reference tabled by HS2 Limited. The community then drafted its own terms of reference which were rejected by HS2 Ltd and following two further public meetings in June and July the community voted to disengage itself from future community forums meetings. 

Since then community representatives in the Euston Area have come together and given they are the community most affected by the HS2 proposal, they have decided to give HS2 Ltd another chance and re-engage themselves in the community forum process.

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