Time running out to challenge ‘unjust’ HS2 compensation scheme

A public campaign is currently being waged by the HS2 Action Alliance warning that the Government is rushing through an unjust compensation scheme in respect of the High Speed 2 Rail Link, which if left unchallenged could leave hundreds of blighted homeowners unprotected from property value slumps. The public consultation deadline for the scheme is 17th June 2010 and the group warns that property owners who think they have escaped the blight should bear in mind the final route has not yet been decided.

According to the HS2 Action Alliance the Exceptional Hardship Scheme, the mechanism by which property owners will be compensated if they have difficulty selling their property because of the HS2 route announcement, is unfair and could fail to compensate many home owners, who as yet may believe they are not affected by the proposals.

The HS2 Alliance is urging home owners throughout the country to take part in the public consultation regardless of where they live as it could form a precedent for future major schemes. Current arrangements mean most property owners will carry their own losses and the potential for future route changes mean it’s unclear who the ultimate losers will be. The consultation period was due to end on 20th May but the deadline has been extended to 17th June 2010, long before a final decision on the HS2 route is reached.

The HS2 Action Alliance national opposition group has a website containing a wealth of information, advice and templates including a ‘30 second response’ facility to simplify your participation in the consultation process.

Visit hs2actionalliance.org to find out more.

You can also email the group via info@hs2actionalliance.org

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There is also a local public meeting taking place at Fentham Hall, Hampton-in-Arden, B92 on 1st June 2010 at 7:30pm.