Roadwork noise is cause for concern
ELDERLY residents of a quiet cul-de-sac are fearful their quality of life will be destroyed by works to improve a nearby road.
The residents of Finchfield, in Parnwell, have written in desperation to council transport chiefs asking for a barrier to screen their homes from traffic noise caused by works at Junction 8 roundabout, where the A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway meets the A15 Paston Parkway, Eye Road and Parnwell Way.
The move was sparked after work began on the £4.7 million scheme to reduce congestion.
Residents of sleepy Finchfield, which is separated from the roundabout by a belt of trees, fear the improvements will mean they are plagued in future by noise from increased traffic and passing lorries.
They have found nothing in the plans to protect their street, off Parnwell Way, from noise and vibrations.
Retired civil engineer Peter Walker (71) said they felt like “second class citizens”.
He added: “It’s like because were are elderly we don’t count. The trees mask the problems, but they only have leaves for a third of the year, we are going to be exposed to pedestrians looking over our houses the rest of the time and have no privacy.
“I have been told of three recent incidents where HGVs have shed their load or overturned at the roundabout.”
With work well underway, former coach driver Don Miller (74) said something had to be done now.
He added: “There has not been enough consultation. There appears to be no room for a safety and sound barrier, which are essential.”
City councillor for the East ward Marion Todd said the situation was “unacceptable”.
She said she would be demanding the residents’ voices are heard by the city council.
She said: “For the sake of a few thousand pounds surely these meas- ures can be put in place to improve things for these people, who have worked hard for their retirement, and ensure their quality of life is kept.”
A Peterborough City Council spokeswoman said the highways department would look into the issues.
She said: “We received the letter from the residents of Finchfield on June 3 and will be looking at the points raised as soon as possible.”
CONCERNED: Residents Don Miller (left) and Peter Walker with councillor Marion Todd at Parnwell Way, where work is underway on the Junction 8 roundabout. (METP-03-06-10as024)