I’ve just completed and sent off my response to the government’s consultation on the proposed HS2 Property Compensation Scheme. The deadline for getting responses in is 31st January, so there is just over a week left to do so!
The scheme as currently proposed would be grossly unfair for 98% of the many thousands of people affected by HS2. Whatever your view of the rights and wrongs of HS2, and I remain resolutely against it, it cannot be right that individuals should be expected to bear a major financial burden because of a project which is allegedly for the national good.
If you haven’t already done so, I would urge all fair-minded people to respond to the consultation, and tell the government that the Property Compensation Scheme currently on offer is totally inadequate. Full details are on the Department of transport web site at http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/consultations/property-compensation-london-to-west-midlands.
The HS2 Action Alliance web site http://hs2aa.org/ provides a full explanation of the case against the current compensation proposals, together with a downloadable response letter template and advice on how to complete the consultation questionnaire.
In the House of Commons on 15th January an Early Day Motion (EDM 922: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/early-day-motions/edm-detail1/?session=2012-13&edmnumber=922) was tabled, asking the government to reconsider the proposed HS2 Property Compensation scheme, but to date only nine MPs (seven Labour, two Liberal Democrat) have signed it, which I think is scandalous! Clearly MPs who hold government positions are not able to sign EDMs, but why have none of the other Conservative MPs with constituencies affected by the HS2 route not done so yet? If you live in one of these areas, please contact your local MP and urge him to sign EDM 922 immediately.