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18th February 2019

Season's Greetings from HS2: Noisy demolition work on Christmas Day

    Colin Swift: Please, please just give us Christmas Day

    Published: 14 December, 2016

    HIGH-speed Scrooges will shatter the peace throughout Christmas and Boxing Day with noisy bulldozing work.

    Network Rail has sent letters out to its “line-side neighbours” in Delancey Street, Park Village East and Mornington Crescent announcing cargo shed demolition works between 7am and 7pm on December 25 and 26.

    The letters said the works are being carried out “on behalf of HS2” and that “disturbance is unavoidable”.

    “Please, please just give us Christmas Day,” Colin Swift, a celebrated fashion designer and florist who created the lily flower arrangement on Princess Diana’s funeral coffin.

    “I am a Christian but whatever your religion, for everybody, Christmas Day is the day we all have off just to chill out.

    Mr Swift, who lives in Delancey Street, Camden Town, said: “I can’t believe someone, somewhere didn’t think ‘hey, HS2 is obviously such a big thing for everyone in Camden, why don’t we give them a break on Christmas Day?’”

    The letter said “rail-mounted diggers” and freight train rubble collectors would knock down the huge cargo shed “adjacent to” Granby Terrace and Park Village East. 

    Christmas Day HS2 works is the latest outrage from the Government-funded company in charge of the £63billion project mistakenly sent out demolition letters to the wrong housing block on the Regent’s Park estate last month.

    Preparatory HS2 works around Euston, Camden Town and Mornington Crescent have already  begun with boreholes being drilled in Park Village East, which has been closed to traffic. The National Temperance Hospital is being demolished and large replacement housing blocks are being built on the Regent’s Park estate. 

    HS2 is able to carry out works for the project before the Bill has been officially rubber-stamped by Parliament because MPs voted in favour of “enabling legislation”, known as a Paving Bill, which Labour and Conservative MPs have repeatedly waved through Parliament over the past five years. 

    The House of Lords HS2 select committee is due to publish its findings today (Thursday).

    Network Rail said it was “required to undertake these works on behalf of High Speed 2 in order to allow the existing railway to operate safely into Euston during future construction for the high-speed railway”, adding it would “minimise any unnecessary noise” to “line side neighbours”.

    Nobody from HS2 was available to comment when contacted by the New Journal.





    Networkrail are a vile satanic company who have no regard whatsoever for anyone they do whatever they like,they also operate a deliberate noise policy under the guise of maintenance (which never ends) they are a disgrace of an organisation that needs exposing for what they are (EVIL.)

    Gravy train

    I cannot understand why incompetent HS2Ltd. has been allowed to operate in a dictorial manner, spending taxpayers monies without regard.This scheme is a huge confidence trick, it's raison detra is to look after big vested interests. Most people want decent, reasonably priced, reliable rail services not 20 years of chaos, resulting in outdated HS2.
    This project will devastate beautiful parts of the country, farming, businesses, and ruin the lives of people unfortunate enough o live close to the route.Why MP's haven't spoken out about the how HS2Ltd., operates leads me to believe, that as usual MP's act like a load of sheep, believing propaganda delivered by this appalling government dept.Social care, NHS., Education, Prison services, to mention only a few need large investment, so why HS2?

    Network Rail dropped letters in my letterbox about HS2 work.

    Network Rail diligently dropped letters in the many letterboxes around Camden. But why hasn't Camden Council forewarned us of this work? Maybe they did, but with so much paperwork concerning HS2 Ltd, who can remember it all if only online?
    The Hybrid Bill hasn't even been passed, and Thames Water and Network Rail are already digging all over the place! Is that even legal I ask?

    Besides the HS2 rail and all the buildings HS2 Ltd are knocking down and building up, there are major Housing Developers about to apply to Camden for permits to build suburban housing complexes, all in close proximity to each other. Do the powers that be, think we will be able to even get anywhere in Camden with all the gridlock that will ensue? Our right to simply live and breath in our homes and environment, has simply been taken away from us --the residents who have lived in Camden for decades.

    Primavera Boman

    Sunday Building work

    Most Councils have a standard noise pollution condition for construction sites - generally 08.00-18.00 Mon-Fri and 08.00-13.00 Saturday and no work on Sundays without special clearance. Has an application been made to breach this? Christmas Day is a Sunday .....

    I'd also brief local residents to ideally get access to a decent SPL meter to measure the noise generated by this work. We successfully got a local site to sort the day-long 85dB & higher output from their 'pecker' mounted on a 360 tracked excavator - you can also get an app for mobile phones to do a rough check on traffic noise and the noise inside a bus, coach or train (to see if - judged by H&S guidelines for factory/site workers - you need to wear hearing protection for long periods of exposure) Many buses and train vestibule areas clock 80dB on a mobile phone app.

    We also had redress from the contractor over pollution and dirt which got into the rooms of nearby homes - as well as coating windows and cars with a thick layer of dust so make sure you are on top of pollution limits with calibrated monitoring kit. Check also on the powers to stop work if any breaches arise. We did this one Saturday by calling the Police when those on site claimed there was no one who could tell them to stop - that soon found someone who would tell them to stop.

    The letter says absolutely

    The letter says absolutely NOTHING about demolishing the shed during the Christmas period. Typical sensationalist journalism. Why let the truth get in the way of a good story eh?

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