HS2 is on track to ruin Madeley farm
FARMERS may lose part of their land if plans for a new high speed rail link get the go ahead.
Charles Williams, aged 57, and wife Tina, aged 56, live in and run Bar Hill Farm in Madeley but could lose around five to ten acres of farmland to the HS2 project.
The farm has been in Tina's family for 60 years.
Mr Williams was unaware of how the plans would affect his family business until he saw the proposed route on Monday.
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He received a letter from the Government informing him of the plans yesterday.
He said: "I didn't believe it when I heard the news. I thought it must be April Fools Day.
"It really took a while to sink in. We're only a small farm, so to lose around five acres would make a big impact on our business."
Mr Williams said he does not object to the project, more the way the Government went about informing him.
He said: "I've got nothing against a high speed rail line, but I hadn't really been told anything about it.
"I get the impression that those people who the line affects might get some compensation.
"But if you know the route goes through your property, it essentially makes your home worthless on the market." Mr Williams and his wife Tina, aged 56, run 'Baa Hill Farm Shop' at the farm selling home reared produce from the local area.
The couple set the shop up to save their livelihood in the midst of the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis.
Tina said: "The land provides us with grazing for our sheep and hay for our animals during the winter.
"The shop has gone from strength to strength and is our only real source of income so it could potentially be very damaging for us."
A meeting will be held at 3pm to 5pm on Saturday at the Madeley Centre for residents to find out more about the plans and what happens next.
Bill Welsh, chairman of Madeley Parish council, said: "We have had a lot of calls and confusion from concerned residents wanting to find out more about the plans. There will be maps and information about what kind of compensation will be available to residents who may be affected.
"It will also be a chance for the residents to speak about what happens next and their options going forward."