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Families ready to claim compensation for road scheme.

Families fighting to stop a bypass being built near their Staffordshire homes have been told that they may be able to claim compensation if the scheme goes ahead.

A firm of compensation surveyors is offering to handle claims for residents at Yoxall, near Lichfield, where a private developer has put forward a bypass plan.

Families have been sent letters telling them they may be eligible for cash under the 1973 Land Compensation Act.

Residents have warned that they will demand a public inquiry if the bypass is approved as a solution to heavy traffic through the village, which is on the main A515 route from Lichfield to the Derbyshire Peak District.

The bypass row has become a General Election issue with Tory candidate Michael Fabricant backing families.

Protesters want traffic to be diverted on to other existing routes and a package of traffic calming measures introduced in Yoxall.

Kent-based Coles and Co has written to families telling them they may be eligible for compensation for noise and other forms of pollution from a bypass.

'We will be monitoring progress of the improved road during the construction and development period,' the firm said.

Families living close to main traffic routes can claim contributions towards the cost of double glazing and other noise reducing measures, the letter says.

The majority of residents who attended a public meeting earlier this month urged that the traffic problems should be resolved without building a bypass.

Mr Fabricant said villagers did not want to see green fields bulldozed to make way for another road.

He has called for the A515 to be declassified to a county route with vehicles diverted onto the A50 south of Stoke-on-Trent and traffic calming measures introduced in Yoxall.

Families in the nearby village of Kings Bromley are worried more cars and lorries will be diverted in their direction if a bypass is approved.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 31, 2001
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