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Compulsory Purchase: Hagley

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the compulsory purchase of the Prince of Wales public house at Stourbridge Road, Hagley, Worcestershire; how much has been spent on (a) compensation payments, (b) legal costs, (c) provision of a mobile unit in the car park, including associated personnel costs and (d) other costs in connection with the purchase; and if he will make a statement. (249330)

The Prince of Wales Public House was purchased by the Highways Agency on 14 July 1993 for £325,000 following a request from the owner to purchase under blight provisions in connection with the A449/A456 Kidderminster-Blakedown-Hagley bypass. A breakdown of this amount by compensation payment and legal costs is currently unavailable because the information is archived.

The total cost of the mobile unit and associated on site security to date is £30,660.

Other costs include management fees to the Highways Agency's managing agents to date of £24,194, and legal costs of £110,647 which were incurred in connection with protracted legal proceedings culminating in a High Court hearing to obtain vacant possession following the lease of the property. Costs were awarded to the Highways Agency and they are seeking to recover them.

The property is now surplus and will be sold.