for Noise Reduction on the A4
Park residents receive far reaching support for their campaign against
traffic noise pollution from A4/M4
MP, Ann Keen (pictured left) has expressed her full support to the
residents of Grove Park in their bid to reduce levels of noise pollution
caused by the A4/M4 running close to their homes. Residents contacted
Ann Keen MP in early January of this year, asking her to support
their campaign to put in place noise reduction measures.
told us “When approached by constituents on this issue I was happy
to make representation to the Department of Transport and Transport
for London. A petition was discussed and my office provided a structure.
I am pleased to have now received the completed petition, which
I will be presenting to a government Minister at the Department
for Transport. I will continue to support and work with Wolseley
Gardens and I very much hope that we will be able to reach a satisfactory
conclusion. I remain committed to this issue and fully understand
the concerns of residents.”
has been in contact with Transport for London who have responded
in generally positive terms, however residents are now concerned
by Tfl’s comment that the noise reduction barriers that are seeking
"may be impracticable on existing roads".
Councillor, Paul Lynch, has confirmed his support for their campaign
as has Hounslow’s CIP who manage all the borough's parks including
the one between Wolseley Gardens and the A4/M4.
residents group have gathered evidence of many instances of barriers
built in Europe on pre-existing roads in comparable situations,
where the noise problem is less severe and the numbers of people
affected very much fewer than Grove Park. They warned that if Tfl
try to ‘brush them off with technicalities’ they will have a real
fight on their hands and are prepared to commence legal proceedings
should the need arise.
campaigner recently had the fortune to be in audience with Ken Livingstone
(responsible for TfL) and took the opportunity to raise the issue
of noise pollution with him. The Mayor expressed genuine sympathy
for people in this position and revealed that he also suffers from
a degree of noise problems at his London home, although in his case
the problem centres on the nocturnal habits of his Australian neighbours!
a more helpful note he did reveal that he is shortly to publish
a study document entitled the "Mayor's London Ambient Noise
Strategy", which will address how life could be made less unpleasant
for Londoners suffering in the way those do in Wolseley Gardens.
version of this strategy has been published and residents are
being consulted on their views on noise. The Mayor will be answering
questions on this site about matters concerning Chiswick later this
month and will be addressing the issue of noise on the A4.
Richard Sanders, a specialist in the environmental effects of economic
development at Northampton University, who is advising the campaigners,
has written to Tfl stating "Chiswick is an especially attractive
place to live for all sorts of reasons. Its greatest drawback is
that the busiest road in Europe slices straight through its heart.
The time has come to tame the beast".
sincerely hope that TfL take note of their plight, so that public
funds can be spent on environmental protection measures, rather
than fighting legal challenges.
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