Deadline looms for HS2 response

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Steeple Claydon Parish Council has urged villagers to respond to the HS2 Compensation Consultation before the deadline of January 31.

In a letter sent out to parishioners, the parish council said: “The reason for you to do this is to improve your chances of benefiting from an alternative compensation solution that addresses any blight issues you may face because of HS2.”

The government launched its Property and Compensation Consultation for Phase 1 of the proposed high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands in October.

And the Department for Transport (DfT) described the proposed package of compensation proposals as “generous”.

But campaign group the HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) calls the proposals “very disappointing” and says they are “simply ignoring the realities of the property blight”.

Steeple Claydon Parish Council said: “In essence the ideal solution would be in a form of guarantee from government to make up the shortfall in the value of your property if there was no blight from HS2, and what you actually would be able to get due to your home value falling as a result of this project. This guarantee would have no time limit and is approved by banks, building societies and estate agents.”

And it warns: “If you miss the deadline of January 31, 2013, it could mean waiting until 2028 before presenting a claim, and possibly waiting up to six years for it to be considered.”

Consultation response documents can be downloaded from the noticeboard section of the parish council website, at www.bucksvoice.net/steeple-claydon-parish-council

Printed copies are available in the village library, where the librarian will be happy to help.