Compensation schemes for residents hit by HS2 ‘must be made clear’

The planned HS2 station at Meadowhall
The planned HS2 station at Meadowhall

Compensation packages for residents hit by high-speed rail plans must be made clear to affected communities.

HS2 Residents’ Commissioner Deborah Fazan said it is vital people know what money they are entitled to as a result of living close to the planned line.

The current proposals for an HS2 station at Meadowhall would see 60 homes demolished in Tinsley and Wincobank, including the entirety of Greasbro Road in Tinsley.

The planned route is also expected to affect people living in Killamarsh and Renishaw.

Ms Fazan, who has just published her first progress report since being appointed in January, said: “It is vital that those who are eligible for the Government’s property compensation and assistance schemes get clear information and know what they are entitled to. My role is to ensure that this happens.”

Her report sets out some recommendations to enhance community engagement, and to better understand the communication needs of affected residents, so that they are able to easily access the compensation schemes available.

She is due to start meeting MPs whose constituencies the new railway will run through to learn more about the impact on communities.