Jus­ti­fied road rage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

In the end it wasn’t a bad sum­mer... un­less you live near the road­works at junc­tion 20 of Pas­ton Park­way. While the rest of us were head­ing for our back gar­dens to en­joy the sun, the good peo­ple of Hare­bell Close were close to the edge. Win­dows were shut and heads stuck un­der pil­lows.

This sum­mer has been a liv­ing hell for peo­ple like Pamela Ald­ing­ton and Dick Hughes of Hare­bell Close.

All day and all week the cou­ple and their neigh­bours have suf­fered the in­ces­sant noise of road­works .

Pamela said: “The vi­bra­tion is ter­ri­ble, it fright­ens the dog. It’s like an earth­quake.’’

Pamela and Dick don’t strike me as trou­ble-mak­ers or moan­ers, more like or­di­nary de­cent Peter­bo­ri­ans put in a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion.

The work is be­ing car­ried out by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and their re­sponse to the story was lit­tle more than a col­lec­tive shoul­der shrug.

The work it says is vi­tal be­cause “our roads are not built for the level of growth that we are due to ex­pe­ri­ence over the next 10 years.’’

I don’t dis­pute that but Pamela and Dick and oth­ers who are liv­ing the area are pay­ing a heavy (and dis­pro­por­tion­ate) price for progress.

Why hasn’t the coun­cil of­fered these poor peo­ple some com­pen­sa­tion? It wouldn’t stop the noise but per­haps £500 a house­hold would have funded a week’s hol­i­day and a much needed break from the racket.

I don’t know how many house­holds are af­fected as badly as Pamela and Dick’s but even if there were 100 it would only cost £50,000.

In a pro­ject cost­ing £6,300,000 that doesn’t seem too much. And con­sid­er­ably less than the £800,000 of our money the coun­cil is go­ing to spend to put right the ill-fated Flet­ton Park­way road­works.

The coun­cil though is hav­ing none of it and said: “This is not a case of neg­li­gence or nui­sance on the coun­cil’s part so we would not be un­der any obli­ga­tion to com­pen­sate for the noise.’’

It should have added the word ‘le­gal’ be­fore obli­ga­tion be­cause it cer­tainly has a moral one.

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