09/04/2014 Midlands Today


09/04/2014

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Good evening. Residents living alongside the route

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of the proposed High Speed Two rail line have today been offered an

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increased compensation pack`ge. Homes closest to the proposdd line

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will be bought by the Government for their full unblighted market value

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and owners will be offered `n extra cash payment to help with moving

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costs. For some living along the route of

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HS2 ` their homes have been blighted now for almost four years. Lany have

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been stuck in a state of lilbo ` unable to sell their houses for what

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they're worth. But what madd matters worse was that an initial Government

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compensation scheme was difficult to access. Now that things are changing

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with the launch today of an 'Express Purchase' scheme for those closest

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to the line in the so called 'safeguarding zone'. But thd

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Government appears to have gone even further, with two other measures

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including a 'Voluntary Purchase scheme' and a 'Need to Sell' scheme,

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both designed to help homeowners outside the zone. There'll `lso be

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cash payments to some others whose homes have been blighted thd most by

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HS2. It is important that we do try to

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preserve communities. What we don't want to see is whole villagds being

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blighted by a mass exodus of people. And indeed it could change the whole

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character of those. We are keen to help the people who are staxing as

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well as to offer compensation to people who need to sell thehr

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properties. MPs whose constituencies have been

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badly affected by HS2 have given today's news a cautious welcome

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After years of misery ` for some the HS2 nightmare could be finally over.

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I am disappointed there is no property bond. I am interested in

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the idea of a resident champion The cash compensation, I welcomd in

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principle, but I don't think they have their sums correct.

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Today's announcement appears to be excellent news for residents here in

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Gilson, North Warwickshire. Here, the proposed line is just y`rds from

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houses. The majority of houses are in the so`called safeguarding zone,

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but so far only a handful of properties have been bought. Now the

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Government says it will buy the majority of them.

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I was hopeful all along bec`use this Hamlet is surrounded by the railway.

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It would've been unreasonable to just leave us in that posithon. So,

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I was hopeful and thank goodness it has come to pass.

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After years of misery ` for some the HS2 nightmare could be finally over.

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But for others the waiting continues. Some of the meastres

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announced today will only bdgin after another major consult`tion.

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The Lichfield MP and former Tory whip Michael Fabricant has tonight

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been sacked as a vice`chairlan of the Conservative Party. This follows

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his outspoken criticism of the HS2 rail scheme and the expenses row

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involving the former Culturd Secretary Maria Miller.

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Michael Fabricant is known for tweeting and being outspoken on many

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topics. We see from his Twitter account, he has been asked to resign

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by the chairman of the Consdrvative Party. But he refused, so hd's been

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sacked over HS2 and, as he says "my views on a recent Cabinet mhnister".

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Earlier in the day, he said on his Twitter account: "note to sdlf: if

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ever a minister again, be lhke Mark Harper ` if in trouble resign

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quickly and in a dignified lanner." It is those outspoken words that

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have triggered the Conservative Party to think they do not want

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people sounding off, off`message. They want everyone at the end of

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this very difficult week as they go into their Easter holidays, they are

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going to be campaigning ahe`d of the European elections, and thex want

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all of their members, espechally those at the top, to be on`lessage.

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The sister of one of the Hillsborough victims has told an

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inquest jury that police "lhterally turned their backs on him" when he

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most needed their help. Louhse Brooks was speaking about hdr

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brother, Andrew, during the new inquests into the 96 football fans

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who lost their lives in Sheffield 25 years ago.

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Today was a day Louise Brooks had waited many years for. Her chance to

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tell an inquest jury about her brother, Andrew. He was 26 when he

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died in the Hillsborough disaster. Since I have been fighting, you ve

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only ever seen me. You haven't gotten to know my brother. H think

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because we are completely dhfferent personalities, it is so important

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that people get to know my brother. After the hearing, Louise, from

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Bromsgrove, read out extracts of what she said in court.

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"Andrew was brought up to rdspect the police. Our parents alw`ys told

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us that if ever we were in trouble, the police were always therd to help

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us. When my brother most nedded their help, they literally turned

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their backs on him. After hd died, the whole dynamics of our f`mily

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changed. Andrew had been so important to all of us. Mum and Dad

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never really recovered". Their mother died in 2000, their

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father, last month. I only buried my dad came d`ys

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before these inquests began. It makes me so angry that both my

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parents have gone to their graves without knowing how or why their son

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died. This is the fourth day families of

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the 96 victims have been re`ding out portraits about their loved ones.

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The jury has seen tears and laughter, as each relative

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reminisced during the emotional hearing. Louise finished her

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statement by saying she now existed for one reason: to ensure hdr

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brother did not die in vain. One speedway result: Birmingham have

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beaten Coventry by 46 points to 44 That's just about all from the late

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team. Points. Time for the weather.

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Good evening. A decent day `ll round. We'll keep that themd going

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until the end of the week. Just a slight change tomorrow evenhng and

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overnight. For tonight, dryhng conditions right across the board.

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Clear spells will attract mhst and fog and make it colder as wd head

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into the morning tomorrow. @ possible murky start to the day but

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otherwise a good deal of sunshine into the afternoon. Staying dry for

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most of us until the end of the day when we may see some showers. Highs

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of around 13 to 14 Celsius. The national forecast follows otr

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outlook. weekend. If you are travelling

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further afield here is a look at the National pig genome. -- National

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picture. Most of us will be dry and bright

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with some sunshine coming through. That goes for the weekend as well.

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Look out for some chilly night. Certainly tonight in the South

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temperatures falling away under those clear skies. As low as two or

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three degrees in rural areas. Still some patchy rain through parts of

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southern Scotland and Northern Ireland early on in the day. But

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most of England and Wales have a dry start. Some spells of sunshine

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especially across the East, but some mist and fog patches around. They

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should not last too long. The main change tomorrow is this rain slowly

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creeping across North West England. And eventually we have rain across

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North Wales. To the north of that

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