Traffic noise misery to end

PUBLISHED: 08:29 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:10 30 May 2010

Phil Milne said one of the reasons he moved was the threat of noise from the A120    Picture: NICK THOMPSON

Phil Milne said one of the reasons he moved was the threat of noise from the A120 Picture: NICK THOMPSON

RELIEVED residents have welcomed news that their traffic noise misery may come to an end with the installation of extra screens on the A120. Essex County councillor for Dunmow, Susan Barker, said she will be contacting the Department of Transport, Essex H

RELIEVED residents have welcomed news that their traffic noise misery may come to an end with the installation of extra screens on the A120.

Essex County councillor for Dunmow, Susan Barker, said she will be contacting the Department of Transport, Essex Highways and local MP Alan Haselhurst to force through noise reduction measures after hearing the dual carriageway noise herself.

She said: "The problem areas are around Woodlands Park, Clapton Hall Lane, Newton Green and especially in Springfields - I could not believe how loud the traffic is there.

"Residents have told me that this is much more of a concern to them than noise from Stansted Airport, which shows how important it is.

"Homeowners bought before the road was built and it has now become very intrusive. Screens would improve the quality of people's lives."

Philip Milne, who now lives on Rosemary Lane, moved as a result of the noise. He said: "We used to live on Clapton Hall Lane in a row of houses that comes within 200 metres of the A120. We moved to a more central location because of the traffic noise so screens are something I would definitely welcome and I'm sure a lot of other people would as well."

The A120 was fully opened in July 2004 at a total cost of £130million. Around £4million was spent on fencing and barriers to keep noise levels to a minimum.

Mrs Barker said: "I have been in contact with a resident who has sound recordings of before the road was built and after, and I must say the difference is startling. Barriers already exist near to Braintree so I don't see why Dunmow has to suffer any longer."

Department of Transport records reveal the new road reduced noise for 578 houses, and only increased noise in 80, by reducing traffic in Great Dunmow, Little Dunmow and Takeley. But since that initial report in 1996, more homes have been built closer to the carriageway in those towns and villages.

The Highways Agency and Essex County Council are discussing who has the responsibility for taking on such a project, but a council spokesman said "We are sorry to hear that residents have concerns about noise from vehicles using the A120 and we are happy to listen to any concerns channelled through Mrs Barker."

IS THE NOISE FROM THE A120 A PROBLEM FOR YOU? Get in touch by emailing nick.thompson@archant.co.uk

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