Road­work noise is cause for con­cern

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.”

Pic­ture: alan storer

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)

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