'The Government is robbing us of our inheritance'
VILLAGERS fear tens of thousands of pounds will be knocked off the value of their homes if the current HS2 plans go ahead.
Married couple Elizabeth and Paul Hulme moved to a converted Victorian water tower in Swynnerton two years ago.
But the HS2 line is set to run just 400 metres from their home.
Civil servant Mrs Hulme, aged 58, said: "The Government has robbed us of our savings and inheritance.
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"We have worked hard to have a nice property and now if we ever wanted to sell up it would show on the searches.
"We have commanding views over the countryside from our home, so if the line was built the impact on us would be phenomenal."
The couple, who moved from Devon for family reasons two years ago, only found out how close the train line would come in January when they stumbled across the proposed route on the internet.
The mother-of-two does not believe the train service needs to be updated and branded HS2 a waste of public money.
She added: "HS2 will only shift a few select people around the country as the cost to the average working person would not be affordable. People don't need to travel to meetings these days and I think we should be focusing on developing our IT systems.
"At the moment HS2 is costing £33 billion and that is not with all the added costs for labour. We could spend that money on improving people's lives."
Building services engineer Mr Hulme said: "My biggest concern is that we are in an uncertain period.
"This issue is not a catastrophic act of nature but is an act of Government.
"Our financial pot could be completely diminished by these plans as it is tied up in our property."