HS2 compensation ‘must be improved’

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COMPENSATION for homes affected by plans for the HS2 high speed rail line through Oxfordshire must be improved, say council bosses.

Cherwell District Council is to raise a series of concerns about the Government proposals for the line, which will pass through north east Oxfordshire, close to villages including Finmere and Mixbury.

The council has joined other local authorities in a High Court challenge to the plan. A judgment is due this month.

The council said in submissions on the plans that moves to let the Government refuse to buy a blighted home if only part needs to be knocked down are “unacceptable”.

The council said: “A property that is so close to the proposed scheme that it requires part of it to be demolished must be purchased.”

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10:29pm Sat 9 Feb 13

steve1955 says...

And the money cherwell council is spending on opposing hs2 comes from where?
Have they asked the Council tax payers been asked if they wish to pay or have the council decided themselfs?
And the money cherwell council is spending on opposing hs2 comes from where? Have they asked the Council tax payers been asked if they wish to pay or have the council decided themselfs? steve1955
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1:02am Sun 10 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

Wonder if Cherwell would be demanding better compensation, if it had to pay? As for steve1955's suggestion about asking the Council Tax Payers? The reality is that any such 'public consultation' - whatever the outcome - would probably end-up being funded directly or indirectly by Council Tax Payers, or by Income Tax Payers if funded by the Government. So, either way, the same 'general public' would be paying. As for getting better and faster train services - especially for commuters who use trains to get to work - this also has an ultimate cost which rail operators simply pass-on to rail users via higher ticket prices - 'heads' they win and 'tails' we don't!
Wonder if Cherwell would be demanding better compensation, if it had to pay? As for steve1955's suggestion about asking the Council Tax Payers? The reality is that any such 'public consultation' - whatever the outcome - would probably end-up being funded directly or indirectly by Council Tax Payers, or by Income Tax Payers if funded by the Government. So, either way, the same 'general public' would be paying. As for getting better and faster train services - especially for commuters who use trains to get to work - this also has an ultimate cost which rail operators simply pass-on to rail users via higher ticket prices - 'heads' they win and 'tails' we don't! Myron Blatz
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