A debate was held on 21 October to discuss the compensation package given to those affected by nearby construction and the noise and disruption that major development projects bring.
Caroline Spelman commented, “I feel strongly about this issue as many people in my constituency will be affected by the noise and blight that this major new transport link will inevitably bring. I will be presenting a petition on compensation for construction blight to the select committee shortly. It is essential that people are fairly compensated for the disruption and problems that will come with such development in the Midlands.”
Previously Caroline has worked alongside local pressure groups and other MPs to persuade HS2 to improve the terms of compensation, extending the eligibility criteria and the qualifying zone from 120m to 300m either side of the tracks. She has had success in reducing the impact on Chelmsley Wood, by getting a ‘cut and cover tunnel’ by Castle Bromwich and seen off the threat of loud marshalling yards at Bickenhill. However, there are still calls for a tunnel to be built under Berkswell station.