Join the Legal Fight to Hold the Government & HS2 to Account

by Justine & Trevor Palin

Join the Legal Fight to Hold the Government & HS2 to Account

by Justine & Trevor Palin
Justine & Trevor Palin
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We are the Palins, an ordinary, hard working family, with two kids and a dog, and we have been battling with HS2 since 2013 to agree a fair, open market price for our home.
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Latest: March 27, 2019

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We are the Palins, an ordinary, hard-working family, with two kids and a dog, and we have been battling with HS2 since 2013 to agree a fair, open market price for our home.

In 2012 we were planning to sell our house, but then in 2013 the Government announced plans for HS2 and since then our lives have never been the same.

When HS2 was first announced the government/HS2 made a public commitment to pay the market value for blighted properties — residential and business — that would be directly impacted by the new high-speed line.

Seven years later and we are still waiting for HS2 to agree to pay the true market value of our home, which is eligible to be compulsory purchased because the route of the Manchester spur goes straight through our kitchen.

Current route map 2019

The initial route for Phase 2B of HS2 took the line within 100 metres of our house, which for obvious reasons rendered the house unsellable, but when the route was revised — requiring our home to be demolished — the Secretary of State for Transport (by the use of his statutory powers) made himself the only viable purchaser.

No one will buy a condemned house which is why we believe that the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP is under a moral and legal duty to pay a fair and reasonable open market price, disregarding the flawed Hs2 scheme, as quickly as possible.

Our family is stuck in limbo because we can't remortgage the house (no lender will lend on such a property), we can't sell it on the open market and out of principle, if we wanted to get the house extended or make any alterations to it (which we wouldn’t do because the house is condemned), we would have to get permission from him to do that.

He has in effect made himself the landlord and we are the tenants (and yet we still own the house and we’re still paying the mortgage).

Our life has been on hold since 2013, because for seven long years we have been all but consumed by three characters: ‘HS2’.

 

We have gone through every option that HS2 offered to try and get the house sold and we are still no further forward.

The Exceptional Hardship Scheme, which we applied for in 2016, was rejected by HS2 (because we hadn't actively put the house on the market as we had been advised, and have notice of this, that because of the extreme blight to the property and the local area we would not be able to hope for a sale) we have been in the local news and we've lobbied our MPs. 

In 2017 after our 'blight notice' was accepted by the government, we were put on the Express Purchase Scheme, which is usually a 6-9 month process.

In May 2018 we finally received a written valuation of our home, which was significantly lower than the valuation that was provided by a local estate — we naturally rejected HS2’s offer.

Ironically, we have a written open market valuation on our property from 2012/2013, but that is repeatedly ignored!

This is not just about the value of our home

Since our first dealings with HS2 we have been treated appallingly and this has had a major impact on our lives and that of our children’s.

Ours is just one of many properties along the high speed route that is due for compensation and it is a damning indictment on HS2’s approach to compensating blighted properties that it has taken seven years to achieve nothing but stress, tears and loss of income.

To put this situation into perspective, in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area (where we live) there are approximately 270,000 residents affected by HS2, which makes this a significant public interest and a national disgrace.

HS2 and its agents have run roughshod over our lives — and many other lives — and it is totally unacceptable that a £60bn government-backed scheme should be allowed to operate in an environment in which they make the rules and dictate the terms on which compensation claims are evaluated. No-one seems to be overseeing the operations of what is one of the biggest infrastructure schemes in Europe.

Our Case


HS2 has demonstrated its unwillingness to make a reasonable open market offer for our home and so we are left with no choice but to bring a legal case against the Government/HS2.

Not only do we want to hold them to account for their unscrupulous actions — our appalling treatment, the length of time it has taken to get nowhere and the wilful undervaluation of our home — we want to help other people whose properties have been similarly undervalued and who have also suffered HS2’s dismissive and arrogant attitude.

As desperate as we are to have our case resolved and get our lives back on track, we are resolved to help and advise other families and business owners as best as we can, who have been similarly treated.

Please help us to do this.  

Our options now

Our options now are limited to going down the legal route, as HS2 has recently rejected option of resolution of our case through Early Neutral Evaluation.

 We need to get funds in to kick start:

  • The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, a legal process that will challenge HS2 and will cost about £8,000.
  • ADR offered by HS2 allows us to choose an 'independent' company from their panel of approved RICS surveyors, but we would prefer to use a company that is not an ‘approved’ company of surveyors and one that will act impartially. Depending on the outcome of this stage we would then go to a full land tribunal, which will cost in excess of £15,000.

To date we have incurred legal costs of £12,000 and this excludes the costs of a barrister.

We now need help to contribute to our legal costs to date but more so to start the formal legal process.

We are seeking funds of a minimum of £5,000, which will support us to do this and take forward the next phase of our case (ADR).

HS2, and in effect the government, has forced our hand and has placed us in this horrendous position.  

Such costs are prohibitive for most people and we believe that HS2 rely on the fact that the majority of injured parties — those with blighted properties — either drop their cases or accept whatever HS2’s surveyors recommend unchallenged.

With your support we hope to be able to help as many people as possible to challenge HS2’s pitiful valuations and to see that justice is done.

We want to move on with our lives by this summer, so please help us to bring seven tortuous years to an end, so that we can get back to being a normal family and doing what we should have been doing for far too long.

 The end of the line for HS2?

The sad reality is that over the last 7 years we have suffered from untold stress and anxiety, and this has, at times, affected our ability to work. So, we can't afford to do this alone, but this isn't just about our family, this about making a stand for everybody else that has been, or will be, affected by HS2.

This is now of significant public interest

How to help us & others

Your donation will help us to legally challenge HS2 and to establish a legal and moral precedent that will help those who are similarly suffering at the hands of HS2.

Any amount will be grateful received and you can rest assured that every penny will go to help us to right these significant wrongs. 

If we can attract more funds, than the minimum amount that we are seeking then, then we are seeking to establish ‘a wider pot of fighting funds’ to develop a network of legal resources and other professional advice that others can tap into.

Please pledge and share our campaign and this link widely with your friends/family/colleagues.

In return:

1. We will willingly give appropriate advice and guidance, to the best of our knowledge regarding, the case and the implications in connection with this.

2. Create a platform for others to join us in going forward and bringing justice to those who have been affected by HS2.

3. Build a fund to help others to find their way off HS2’s merry-go-round and bring to an end this despicable treatment of thousands of people like ourselves.

We thank you greatly for taking the time to read our case.

Trevor & Justine Palin (Kids and Monty the Dog)


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Update 6

Justine & Trevor Palin

March 27, 2019

Campaign Video is Now Live

We've pulled this short film together to highligh the campaign. We wanted to show the wider impact of this project and why many us feel so aggrieved at this process of sincere injustice with no accountability and no empathy for those that HS2 is inflicting unnecessary trauma upon. 

Please share and please donate. We cannot thank you all enough.

Justine  and Trev


Update 5

Justine & Trevor Palin

March 26, 2019

Our meeting with Barry Denyer-Green

In our last update we announced that we had achieved our goal of raising £5,000, which was needed to allow us to present our case to a leading compulsory purchase barrister.

We are now delighted to have been able to meet with Barry Denyer-Green of Falcon Chambers, who confirmed that we have a case against HS2.

We will now be putting together our claim for fair compensation, which will include a true, open market price for our family home, together with ancillary heads of claims and disturbance costs, which will be presented to HS2’s legal team in due course.

At any point during the last seven years we could have accepted HS2’s derisory offers for our property, but we knew in our heart-of-hearts that we had to do the right thing and challenge this injustice.

It has been a mentally-exhausting battle, but given the support we have received over the years and the financial support through CrowdJustice we have been able to pursue HS2 so that we can finally put this sorry saga behind us and move on with our lives.

We would like to reiterate our sincere appreciation for everyone who has contributed to our campaign. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you and we will be eternally grateful for your support.

We are now extending the campaign to £15,000 so that we can maintain a fighting fund to help others whose lives have been similarly blighted by HS2.

We will update you again as soon as we have any news to report.

Thanks again for all of your kind support

Justine & Trevor




Update 4

Justine & Trevor Palin

March 5, 2019

We reached our £5k mark!

Thank you, each and everyone of you for generously donating to our campaign which resulted in us meeting our target.  The messages of support are so encouraging and it takes a special person to donate to a stranger, so thank you so much.

We are meeting with our barrister on Thursday, which is our first meeting with him and his team.  Your donation has enabled us to do this. 

We have had a number of calls and emails from other people in the same predicament as ourselves.  We have put in place a stretch target now of £15k to help us to continue to progress things for ourselves and for those others.

Thank you once again

Justine & Trev 

Update 3

Justine & Trevor Palin

Feb. 18, 2019

Landmark legal case

Great response to our case on Granada news this evening.

https://youtu.be/QwnLG0Cyfb0

Please share this link and thank you for your ongoing support.

Justine & Trev

Update 2

Justine & Trevor Palin

Feb. 17, 2019

Great coverage in the Mail on Sunday

Thank you, everyone, for your generous support and kind words, this is what keeps us going.

Please share the link to our story.  With your help, we can do this.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6713409/Couple-sue-HS2-undervaluing-home-60-000-landmark-legal-case.html

Justine & Trev

Update 1

Justine & Trevor Palin

Feb. 13, 2019

We've met the Press today!

Thanks so much, everyone for pledging and continuing to share our campaign and support us.

We've met the Press today and hopefully, we will be in one of the Sunday papers this coming Sunday.


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