National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy that no construction work will begin on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens until the Government can provide an assurance that none of the roots of the plane trees in that location will be compromised by that construction.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Measures have been undertaken to ensure the Memorial and Learning Centre will have minimal impact on tree roots. For example, as a result of ground-penetrating radar surveys carried out by arboricultural experts, the Memorial has been relocated further north than the original competition proposal to avoid tree root protection zones.

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