Couple lose seven year battle to save their dream home from HS2 bulldozers

Ron Ryall at the period farmhouse he tried to save

A couple facing eviction because of HS2 have lost a seven year battle to save their dream home from the bulldozers.

Anne and Ron Ryall, who spent years restoring a period farmhouse at Harefield, west London, have been told they must leave on Friday.

The 400-year-old red brick house in the picturesque Colne Valley is on the route of the £106bn high speed railway.

The government used a compulsory purchase order to buy Dews Farm because the land is needed for a concrete viaduct.

Mr and Mrs Ryall will swap the seven bedroom farmhouse for a two bedroom cottage a few hundred meters away.

The Ryalls are swapping their home for this two bedroom cottage

A removals van was outside today. Mrs Ryall was too upset to talk but Mr Ryall said he was ‘exhausted’ by the legal tussle with HS2.

The couple now face having to watch from their new home as their old house is demolished.

Basically I've got to be out the house by Friday, or at least hand it over by Friday. It's a David and Goliath situation and David is standing there [me], I've got the slingshot and they've stolen all the pebbles. Basically that's how it is - I'm looking around for something else I can use and there's nothing I can use. I'm packing up my life.

Ron Ryall