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Compensation on road to villagers?

M9 Junction 1A at Kirkliston

M9 Junction 1A at Kirkliston

Kirkliston residents could be in line for compensation if their house prices have been affected since the completion of major roadworks close to the village.

Kirkliston residents could be in line for compensation if their house prices have been affected since the completion of major roadworks close to the village.

Residents have been invited to seek possible compensation in relation to works for the Forth Replacement Crossing.

Transport Scotland is giving notice to residents whose properties may have depreciated in price since the opening of the M9 Junction 1A on February 1, 2013, near to Kirkliston.

During its construction period, village residents suffered both noise and pollution problems.

And if homeowners can prove their property has decreased in value over the past year, they can now apply for compensation.

Under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act (Scotland) Act 1973, there is a right to compensation in respect of any depreciation of more than £50 in the value of certain interests on land caused by the use of new or altered roads.

The act lists specified physical factors including noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “This is standard practice for any road improvement scheme under part 1 of the act.

“People may be eligible for compensation where land or property has been affected by the opening of the new road.

“Individuals may wish to consider seeking independent professional advice.”

Anyone wishing to make a claim can do so now by applying for a claims form.

For a form, write to Transport Scotland, Forth Replacement Crossing Project, 7th Floor, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF.

 

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