Construction compounds be set up across Doncaster as part of the work to build HS2

Construction compounds are to be set up across Doncaster as part of the work to build the HS2 route through the borough.

Roads are also set to be altered and event closed as part of the work which has been revealed in new maps shown to the public.

The HS2 consultation event at Mexborough Business Centre, Picture: David Kessen

The HS2 consultation event at Mexborough Business Centre, Picture: David Kessen

Details of the locations of the builders' compounds were revealed at an information event at Mexborough Business Centre this week, which saw residents raise their ongoing concerns over compensation in the borough.

There will be a 'main construction compounds' near Hickleton between Red Hill Lane and the A635, Barnsley Road. A stretch of around 800m of the A635 out of Hickleton will be slightly realigned so it can cross the track, and Red Hill Lane would be'stopped up'. There will also be a compound placed next to Hickleton cricket ground.

Another main compound would be sited just outside Conisbrough, either side of Sheffield Road to the west of the town, opposite Hill Top.

It will also see a 'satellite construction compound' on land east of Clayfield Avenue, in Mexborough; another next to the Shimmer estate; and one between Eland Road and Denaby Lane, in Denaby. There would be another next to Top Lane and Church Field Road, Clayton. Others would be at Braithwell Common, and at Donaster Road, Barnbugh, effectively built over St Helen's Lane.

David and Janice Black. Janice is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. Pic: David Kessen

David and Janice Black. Janice is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. Pic: David Kessen

Residents arriving at the information event described their concerns over the scheme - with several unhappy over compensation arrangement for landlords who rent out properties.

Janice Black, of Lindholme, owns a house close to the track on Mallory Drive, on the Clayfield estate, which is close to where one of the satellite compounds would be placed.

Janice, who runs a Doncaster training firm. was at the information day with her son, David. She said: "They are not offering any compensation because I'm a landlord. The property is my dad's old house, and the price has just plummeted. I wouldn't be able to sell it now.

"No one seems to be able to offer an advice to me other than get your tenants out and go and live there yourself, which I don't think is very helpful or the right thing to do.

Cherie English, aged 63, is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. PIc: David Kessen

Cherie English, aged 63, is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. PIc: David Kessen

"I don't think landlords are being treated fairly. I think my dad would have been really upset if he was still alive.

Cherie and David English have two houses which they rent on Comely Bank Drive, on the Shimmer estate, where some of the houses are due to be demolished to make way for the tracks.

Both were bought before plans for HS2 were drawn up.

Cherie, aged 63, said: "I was devastated when I heard about this. We bought these properties as my retirement fund when I was made redundant. I thought it was a good secure investment.

Pauline Walker, aged 62, is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. Pic David Kessen

Pauline Walker, aged 62, is concerned over the plans for HS2. She attended the information event at Doncaster Business Centre. Pic David Kessen

"This means it is really difficult to get new tenants if the current ones leave. Who wants to live with the sword of damacles of a railway next to you, potentially with site traffic driving past? We have a mortgage and tax and utilities to pay I've already had a tenant try to re-negotiate the rent.

"We've had discussions with various people from HS2, but all the compensations schemes are for owner-occupiers. There seems to be nothing in HS2's remit that takes into account of landlords. No one from HS2 has any answers."

Pauline Walker lives at Buzzard Avenue, on the Pastures estate.

She has put her home up for sale because she wants to move closer to her son, who lives near Hull.

But she is suffering from the effect of the railway plans.

She said: "The first thing that people ask is how close is it to the train? If I had known this was going to happen I would not have moved here in the first place when I came here three years ago. I don't think they are going to give me any compensation if they don't have to, but I don't think I will get the full asking price, and I think I will lose money when I sell.

"They have told me its about half a mile away from my house."

"I would like to see them stop the train full stop. I don't think there is any benefit from it."

But not everyone at the latest information day was against the scheme.

Alec Oliver, an 89-year-old retired electrical engineer from Mexborough town centre, said: "I think it will be beneficial to Yorkshire, and anything that's beneficial to Yorkshire is beneficial to Mexborough.

"There is no way of doing a project like this without affecting people's homes. As long as they give people a fair return and everyone gets a fair deal I think its a good thing."

Stephen McFarlane, HS2 head of powers for Phase 2b, said the firm took its community engagement very seriously and made a commitment to come and communicate with residents .

He said: "We're continuing to develop the design of the phase 2b route and we are here to share some of the thinking about the route, and we have been showing the emerging thinking about the the cconstruction sites and compounds which will be required during the construction phase. As you can image there is a lot of interest in them, and we want to get people's views on the impact they may have so we can take them back to the office and reflect people's views where we can.

"What we are saying to all property owners is come and talk to us about about the specific circumstances of your property. We have experts so people can talk to HS2 directly and the impact of HS2 and what compensation is available. Each property owner is treated in accordance with the Government guidelines and it's important that we see their circumstances.

"We think we have a broad range of schemes over and above the legal requirements.

"We are keen to keep talking to people."

He said the firm would soon by moving on to start the next phase of consultation over the impact of the scheme on the local environment. It will collect more information which will be included in the legislation needed to move the project forward by building the railway.

That will start later this year, and there will another event in Mexborough before then.