Derbyshire residents must wait another year for decision on plans to bulldoze HS2 homes

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Residents living on the planned route of HS2 must wait another year to find out if their houses are going to be demolished to make way for the high-speed line.

HS2 officials told a public meeting at Killamarsh Leisure Centre that the route going up through Derbyshire into South Yorkshire is unlikely to be finalised until late next year, after the General Election has taken place.

Angry residents, who were first told their houses may be compulsorily purchased almost two years ago, said the wait for answers is causing stress and worry for those affected.

Around 50 people attended the meeting, which was organised by the Killamarsh & Renishaw HS2 Action Group, which opposes the high-speed rail plans.

David King, a member of the action group, said he first received a letter saying his house could be compulsorily purchased by the Government to allow HS2 to be built in January 2013 - but was still waiting for final confirmation.

He said: “This is causing an awful lot of stress to people. It is an awful situation. We have had this for two years.”

Rachel Roberts, stakeholder manager for HS2, said she anticipated the route will be agreed ‘towards the end of 2015’ by the Transport Secretary.

She said consultation is still taking place on the route and added she would feedback the frustration of residents.

“It is an incredibly important project. But we do recognise there are local impacts,” she said.

She added there is an ‘exceptional hardship scheme’ in place allowing people to sell their homes to the Government now if required.

Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, said: “There are any number of people now who have got even more uncertainty. People are actually getting ill because of this. This is their lives. I don’t think HS2 has understood what an impact this is having on small communities like this.”

HS2 bosses say the multi-billion pound scheme will improve journey times and ease congestion.