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Facts on sound barriers
12:30pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Letters
I AM writing this in order to avoid misunderstanding and confusion among the residents affected.
There was mention in a recent letter to the Advertiser from county councillor Tony Hooke about him gaining a “commitment”
to sound barriers along the A303, particularly alongside Floral Way, a claim repeated in a letter last Friday from FW Cole. This is untrue, he has what he requested, an up to date schedule of work done and in progress.
Your readers might wish to know the facts. The commitment to install sound barriers was secured by the borough council and Goodmans, when planning permission was given, long before Tony Hooke became a county councillor. The intervening period has seen us working with the Highways Agency, Government and our MP on this project. We have been challenging the unreasonable costs indicated by the Highways Agency to erect the barriers on their land, including escalating the issue to the Secretary of State for Transport. However, this has been to no avail.
To deliver the project and to protect the council tax payer from these unreasonable costs we have worked hard to find a solution. This has resulted in us identifying land close to the A303 on which to erect the sound barriers.
Two sections have recently been installed, with two other sections to be constructed shortly, including alongside Floral Way.
I realise that this work has taken a long time and I apologise for that, but as a result of the borough council’s actions I hope the coming weeks will bring a reduction in noise levels for residents.
Councillor Ian Carr Leader, Test Valley Borough Council