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HS2 desecration of graves is intolerable

22 November, 2018

The desecration of St James Gardens graveyard

• I FOUND myself very moved by the letter from Ivor Davies, regarding the desecration of St James Gardens graveyard – a place where 60,000 people were buried to rest in peace, (HS2’s desecration of graves is blatant and premeditated, November 15).

I do not know the time scale of the burials, but it did cross my mind that it might possibly cover late 1800 to early 1900. Could it be that some of these souls were related to the fallen of the 1914-1918 First World War? What an irony this would be.

We have just observed the commemoration of the armistice, and remembrance of all who lost their lives in that terrible war. We honour them.

I agree wholeheartedly with Ivor Davies, and I find this sorry episode to be inexcusable. In fact, whatever their status, they who are/were buried would expect to rest in peace.

I have seen letters in the New Journal, from Mimi Romilly and others, regarding the unacceptability of the HS2 “project” and its toxic and damaging effect on the environment.

The collateral damage cannot be estimated yet, and the project may continue for about 17 years from its commencement about two or three years ago.

I have family in Manchester who are as disconcerted by the effects of this there, as many of us in London are. No amount of compensation can be adequate for the desecration of graves.

For the disturbance, disruption, and pollution of the environment, the damage is yet to be assessed.

I write as a secularist and Humanist. I am simply disgusted at such disregard, such dishonour, for the past generations buried in St James Gardens.

MARILYN STEVENS
NW1

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