HS2 offerings don’t soften the impact
BLIGHTED residents have hit out at the government’s ‘poor’ HS2 compensation package which could leave hundreds of homes devastated and with no financial support.
The offerings have been branded as “shambolic” and giving “very little” to those facing years of disruption from construction, and noise and right up to the eventual running of the trains.
Villagers in Burton Green have also expressed fears that with around 60 homes in line for the government buy-up scheme, the village will be left unrecognisable.
Around 28 homes in the village - which is right on the path of the proposed line - have been warned they might be compulsory purchased as part of the development for a high speed track from London to Birmingham.
A number of these houses lie within 60 metres of the proposed line and will be eligible to sell their home to the government for its full, unblighted market value, plus 10 per cent compensation up to £47,000 and moving and legal costs.
Others, living up to 120 metres from the rails, can sell up to the government for full market value, but with no further financial compensation.
Everyone else who is left significantly affected can apply for financial help under the proposed hardship scheme, but this does not promise to pay out and may take several years to do so.
Andrew Gibbs, Chair, Burton Green HS2 Action Group, said the threat to 60 of the village’s 300 homes could mean the end of life as they know it and is calling for greater help for everyone.
“Outside of the immediate areas there is effectively very little on offer from the government’s ‘extremely generous compensation scheme’,” he said.
“The real cost, and the real scandal, is all the people that will be blighted and suffer a loss in property value.”
Nick Hillard, secretary of Crackley Residents’ Association has urged everyone to respond to the consultation in hope of ensuring more compensation and consideration for the “huge numbers” living outside of the safeguarded 120 metre zone but who will undoubtedly “suffer significantly”.
Responses to the property and compensation consultation, and the safeguarding consultation must be received by the Department for Transport by January 31 2013.
•The HS2 Information Day at Kenilworth School was hailed as a great success by scores of concerned townspeople who packed out the hall to listen to talks by HS2 Ltd, campaign groups and estate agents about what the plans could mean for them.
Organisers have been praised as doing a “fantastic job” getting vital information to the town and arranging a wide range of speakers to debate important issues.
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