Concerned residents take advice over homes threat from HS2
PEOPLE in Long Eaton whose homes could be demolished to make way for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line are getting legal advice on compensation.
Residents of Trent Cottages met commercial property lawyer Jonathan Ho of Ellis-Fermor & Negus at the company's office in the town on Monday night.
The 11 cottages were built by the Midland Railway in 1863 to house workers at the nearby Trent Station, which closed in the 1960s.
However they could now be pulled down as they are on the proposed route of the HS2 rail network extension from Birmingham to Leeds as it heads towards the planned East Midlands station at Toton.
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Mr Ho, who is based at the Beeston office of Ellis-Fermor & Negus, has also been helping homeowners affected by compulsory purchase orders on the route of the extension of the Nottingham tram network to Chilwell.
He said people have been put in a difficult situation because in the years ahead the proposed route will have an effect on the market value of their properties if they want to sell.
Ex-railwayman Roger Lynn and his wife Margaret have lived in Trent Cottages for 43 years.
He said: "These cottages are unique. Wherever we go from here we will not be able to find a place like it.
"It all came as a big shock to us. This is life changing and extremely stressful."
Ralph Garrard and his wife Janet have been in the street for 30 years and agree it's a beautiful place to live.
They have spent thousands of pounds on a new bathroom, kitchen, staircase, flooring and windows.
"This meeting has opened our eyes to the uphill battle we face," he said. "I'm 75 and I don't want to be moving when I'm 80 or 90."
Mr Ho said the issue was not about the pros and cons of HS2. He added: "It's a case of looking after people's interests and making them aware of their rights as property owners."
He has also offered to help people with a Department of Transport consultation about an interim scheme for compensation for people affected by HS2 who want to sell before a final decision is made on the route and any demolition.
Also present at the meeting were estate agents Mark Philpott and David Moakes, of Robert Ellis, who advised on valuation issues.
A spokesman for HS2 said the announcement on the route was the "initial preferred route" and this could change depending on consultation.
He added that the Government had launched a consultation which will last until April on an exceptional hardship scheme which could allow residents to sell their home to the government for its "unblighted value".