RACHEL Johnson, the Mail on Sunday columnist sister to Boris Johnson, the Daily Telegraph columnist and London Mayor, adds her thoughts on what HS2 will do to Camden. She defends opponents to the rail scheme from the charge from Boris this week that they disguise worries about a house price hit in phoney environmental concerns.
No – says Rachel in her column today, their father Stanley, who lives near Regent’s Park after selling his former house in Primrose Hill for £5.25 million, has always been open about what’s wrong with High Speed 2.
“The mere prospect of HS2 has already blighted my father’s house in Camden, and then his firstborn son goes and say that Nimbys like my pop ‘are in the humiliating position of having to pretend that there’s some environmental objection that they have, that the great crested grebe is going to be invaded or whatever,” she writes. “That’s not true. My environmental father has never concealed the fact that what gets his goat is that HS2 has made his lovely stucco villa on Park Village East, yards from the line, virtually unsellable, and that driving trains from the west through Primrose Hill into Euston will cost upwards of £10 billion and cause chaos for Camden Town for a decade. I know whose side I’m on for this one.”