An entire street is to be demolished to make way for the planned HS2 railway station at Meadowhall.
Every single house on Greasbro Road in Tinsley has been earmarked for demolition for the multi-billion pound high speed rail scheme.
A total of 49 properties will be knocked down, with a further 11 in Wincobank also scheduled to go.
Residents are demanding fair compensation and some want to see a plot of land set aside for them elsewhere in the city to rebuild their community in a new location.
It was first announced in 2013 that some houses on Greasbro Road may need to be demolished, but residents have now been told all of them will be knocked down under the current plans.
Details were revealed in a public meeting at Tinsley Community Centre.
The train is coming through my living room, whether I like it or not.
Sheffield South MP Clive Betts, who attended the meeting, said he supports the HS2 project but is concerned about its impact on residents.
“I personally believe the scheme of compensation for people on Greasbro Road is not sufficient,” he said.
“People can’t sell a house there and buy a house somewhere else very easily.
“I don’t want to see houses demolished. We need to build more houses. But the problem is we also need to good transport system in this country.
“You can’t build it without affecting some properties.”
Under the current route proposals, due to be approved towards the end of this year, Sheffield’s new HS2 station will be based at Meadowhall – meaning the 60 homes need to be removed.
Building will not start until 2022 at the earliest, with trains not due to start running on the new line until the early 2030s.
Because the route is yet to be finalised, full details of what compensation will be paid have not yet been confirmed.
But an exceptional hardship scheme for residents with ‘an urgent need to move’ is already running, allowing residents to sell their properties to the government at its market value.
The meeting was told by HS2 officials residents may be offered the full market price for their home, plus an extra 10 per cent of its value, under the full compensation scheme.
One resident, who has lived on the street for 20 years, said: “It is a nice community and I can’t get that anywhere else in Sheffield. I want fair compensation and I want to be able to buy a similar type house.”
He asked whether it would be possible to set aside land for residents to live next door to each other.
“It is about the community,” he said.
“I understand progress is progress but we are affected directly. The train is coming through my living room whether I like it or not.
“When they do start the work, we want to relocate somewhere similar. I don’t want to lose our quality of life.”
Mr Betts said he is pressing the Government for a better compensation deal for residents.
He said Sheffield Council has indicated they would be willing to work with residents to ‘find a solution that best suits their needs’ – including looking into the possibility of relocating them to the same area.
Rachael Blake, from HS2, told the meeting the plans are not yet confirmed and could still be subject to change.
She said: “We won’t see any development until 2022, which is seven years’ time.
“In terms of building, it is expected that most areas particularly around station development could be up to seven years. Trains would start around 2032 to 2033.
“All the way along, right up until the middle 2020s, changes may be made to the route.”
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