Residents Seek Environmental Protection

Grove Park looks to tackle A4 noise problem

Grove Park residents who are affected by their close proximity to the A4/M4 are campaigning for environmental protection measures to be put in place to shield them from the noise and pollution they suffer. Residents believe that traffic increases each year and complain that the noise is relentless from what is a major road not only providing direct access to Central London, but also leading directly to the world’s busiest airport at Heathrow.

Residents of Wolseley Gardens have tried for more than 20 years to persuade the Department of Transport to provide environmental protection measures which are commonplace in the rest of Western Europe and which can reduce noise pollution by over 70%. After finding the DOT dismissive they were more optimistic when this stretch of road was allocated to TfL who commissioned the Highways Agency to conduct a noise pollution survey, the results of which will be published this March.

Aside from health concerns, the community also suffers since their small park, Harvard Hill, has become unsuitable for their children to play in and has been overrun with undesirables. They also protest that the noise has affected the value and desirability their homes.

The residents are requesting a sound barrier and other environmental works in a campaign led by Wolseley Garden’s Dr Richard and Susan Sanders. They have received encouraging, but as yet informal, intimations of backing from their MP and from CIP. Any residents who wish to express their support should write to any or all of the following :

- Transport for London, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
- Ken Livingstone, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
- Ann Keen MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
- Councillor Barwood, Councillor Kinghorn, and/or Councillor Lynch, all at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 4DN

February 18, 2003

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