Residents step up pressure over noisy dual carriageway
CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up their bid to reduce noise on a dual carriageway close to their homes in the Cotswolds.
The A419 Noise Action Group formed a year ago in an attempt to get highway bosses to replace noisy concrete parts of the road with a quieter surface.
They say the noise along parts of the road, and parts of the A417 that join on to it, has been horrendous at times in recent years.
Now they have written to Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and Wiltshire County Council, asking them to contact Defra to try to get the whole length of the A417 and A419 designated as an "Important Area" for noise level purposes.
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Action group chairman Paul Hodgkinson said: "This would mean that the Highways Agency would then take action to reduce noise levels on the whole length, not just in very small pockets."
Mr Hodgkinson, who represents Churn Valley on Cotswold District Council and is the county councillor for Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach, said in the letter: "I would be most grateful if you could write to Defra requesting that they designate the whole length of this road so that hopefully remedial measures can be undertaken to reduce the noise affecting residents and businesses living and working nearby.
"They have suffered for far too long."
He told the Echo that some parts of the 30-mile stretch between the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 and the A419 at Swindon needed to have a quieter surface laid down.
He lives about a mile from the A417 at Bagendon, near Cirencester, and said: "If the wind is in the wrong direction, it's a constant noise going on."
Three hundred people have responded to the action group's request for information about their experiences of the road noise.
George Philips is one of those affected by the A419 near Cirencester.
He said: "My wife and I have lived in Driffield for nearly 14 years and the problem has got more intrusive as the volume of traffic has increased."
Bagendon resident Brian Forde said: "All we are campaigning for is something much nearer to the sound levels predicted at the time of the road being built."
The dual carriageway opened in 1998.