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The campaign to cut noise from the A419/A417 has got new backing from the area’s two MPs.

An action group, calling themselves A419NAG (Noise Action Group), has been lobbying on behalf of residents all along the infamous road for the last 3 years.

Last Friday, the group met with parish and town council chairs from up and down the A419, representatives from Highways England and the area’s two MPs, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and James Gray.

 

The meeting, held at Down Ampney Village Hall, heard about the campaign group’s ongoing battle to address the noise issue for thousands of residents in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (GCC, Bourton and Northleach) chairs the group and said that the aim of the meeting was to get a commitment from the MPs to help cut the excessive noise:

“Our own scientific readings show that noise levels have doubled since the road was built in 1997. Residents were promised a tarmac surface but long stretches were built in concrete. The traffic has steadily increased along with many more lorries. This pollution is more than an irritant – our own survey has proved that this excess noise is impacting on the health and well-being of communities next to the highway.”

At the meeting, attended by 30 people, the two MPs promised to raise the issue with Environment Minister Liz Truss. Highways England confirmed that only one stretch of the road – next to Latton – has been earmarked for noise reduction measures.

 

The MPs will also ask the Government to speak direct to local residents when it carries out its next ‘noise mapping’ exercise in 2017. This exercise, to be carried out by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), will earmark roads across the country which have noise pollution issues.

 

Cllr Hodgkinson stated that the group’s message must lead to the concerns of people in the Cotswolds and Wiltshire being taken seriously at last:

 

“There’s a compelling message to tell – this road noise has increased so much that residents now want urgent action. We are looking to our representatives to press hard for our area and help us right this wrong.”

We are keen to hear from businesses near to the road to understand the economic impact of the disturbance caused by the noise. If you are located near to South Cerney and within the boundary in red on the map below, we invite you to complete our short survey which can be found HERE.

 

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Since the action group was formed, we have worked tirelessly to ensure we meet the right stakeholders and influencers in order to get our voice heard. Last week we finally had the opportunity to meet a representative from the Highways Agency. Whilst not conclusive, we nevertheless feel there’s progression. Here’s a summary of the meeting and update from the Chair of A419NAG, Paul Hodgkinson:

 As a result of out report in July listing the social impact of noise pollution on residents up and down the A419/417, the Highways Agency (HA) agreed to meet us last week.

We met one of their officers who deals with highway maintenance and renewals. It’s the first time we’ve been able to open up a proper dialogue with them and shows that our report has got some traction. 

Here were the key points:

  1. DEFRA has tasked the HA to look at EU regulations on noise pollution and as a result the HA are to conduct a new study across the country on the impact of this. It is likely to be at least 18 months away from reporting its findings. This is obviously something we feel positive about as clearly the authorities are taking this type of pollution seriously.  
  2. The HA are also going to help find us a suitable contact in DEFRA for us to talk to about why they have only designated some areas as ‘Important’ for noise pollution along the road. As a group we feel strongly that much more of the highway should be designated as ‘important’. In particular the areas to the north and south of Cirencester and immediately to the east side of the town.

Finally, we will be carrying out our own noise monitoring in the next few weeks in the area to assess noise levels now compared to when the road was first built.

Paul

 

 

Thank you Cricklade!

October 14, 2014

 

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We’ve been advised that Cricklade Town Council has agreed to offer its support to A419NAG. In a letter to the Highways Agency, the Council made clear concerns of the continuing disruption caused by the road noise to people’s lives in and around the town.

Thanks Cricklade.

Hopefully we’ll have more news from the HA and it’s current position on our campaign in the near future..

 

 

 

 

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our report into the findings of the initial survey.

Launched on Friday to local and the wider press, the report gives a background on the issue and analysis of the survey responses received up to publication date. We view this as an ongoing process and we will update the report later in the year as and when new data is received.

Going forward, we see this report as the basis to lobby the involved parties to engage with us to explore what are the pragmatic solutions to help alleviate the road noise. In the meantime, your voice really does count so please feel free to comment on any aspect of the findings via this website.

Download the report here.A419 NAG Report July 2014

We are pleased to confirm that we will be releasing a report of our survey findings on Friday 11th July.

Both print and radio news reporters are attending the official launch so look and listen out for articles over the coming days. The report itself will be available to download from this website on Monday 14th.

Once the report has gained wider circulation and both residents and businesses have had time to digest the content, we will be looking to lobby influencers and key stakeholders. We hope this will be the beginning of finding a solution to this ongoing problem.

In the meantime, should you know of anyone who has yet to complete the survey please do encourage them to do so – it will remain ‘live’ for the near future.

 

 

 

 

Our campaign picked up more press coverage recently with an article appearing in the Wilts & Glos. Standard. You can see the full article here

It mentions our report which will be published and will make the case for why we believe the road noise issue needs to be addressed. More news on this will be posted via this website shortly.

 

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All are welcome to join us at the next up-date meeting of the action group which takes place on Wednesday.

2nd April

Latton Village Hall

7.30pm

We were delighted to gain recent interest from local media, including an article in the Glos & Wilts Standard and coverage on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Here, a debate ran as the lead article across the breakfast show and drew in some interesting commentary.

To listen, click the link below and then the red arrow at the top of the page.

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Recent coverage in the Standard encouraging as many as possible to complete the A419NAG survey.

 

 

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