Derbyshire home owners affected by HS2 seek legal advice over compensation
A group of Long Eaton people whose homes could be demolished to make way for the High Speed Two rail line have started down the track for compensation, with the help of a legal firm.
Residents of Trent Cottages met commercial property lawyer Jonathan Ho of Ellis-Fermor & Negus at the company's office in the town yesterday evening.
The 11 cottages were built by the Midland Railway in 1863 to house workers at the then Trent station, which closed in the 1960s.
But they could be pulled down as they are on the current proposed route of the HS2 extension from Birmingham to Leeds as it heads towards the planned new East Midlands station at Toton.
Ralph Garrard and his wife Janet have lived at No 2 for 30 years and agree it's a beautiful place to live. They have spent thousands of pounds putting in 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.”