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A417 campaign group restarts its journey

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 July, 2012

A group of residents and councilors from along the A417 and A419 are relaunching the campaign against excessive noise from the road.

Paul Hodgkinson and Bagendon resident Jan Yates pictured here in 2007 when they first started campaigning about road noise - now the campaign has begun motoring again

The team, originally planned to meet last autumn, has regrouped and meets next week to refocus its efforts.

The issue of noise from the dual carriageway has been a running sore for residents since it was first built in 1996. Last autumn, a public meeting was held in Latton to which 60 people turned up. The consensus of the meeting was to that a steering group should be set up to drive the campaign forwards and put pressure on the Government to take action.

Now, a group of ten people have come forward to get the campaign moving again.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (CDC, Churn Valley) is chairing the first meeting of the group next week and believes the will is there to take action at last, “Those of us living north of Cirencester suffer just as much from excessive and irritating noise from the road as those around the Water Park area and parts of Cirencester. Some of my constituents raised the issue with me again and we agreed something fundamental had to be done about this.”

“I put a note out to all those who’d expressed interest in getting involved with this campaign and we will have a good spread of people at our first meeting, which is a great start.”

The group also consists of representatives from Bagendon, Latton, Down Ampney and Cerney Wick parish councils, along with Cirencester and Water Park councilors and residents.

Cllr Hodgkinson added, “The aim of our first meeting is to work out a strategy for highlighting the issue to a wider audience and lobby the Government, the road company which maintains the road and other organisations who have an interest in the issue.”

“At stake here is the quality of life of all those thousands of people who live near and along the dual carriageway. The road should never have been built in concrete near to areas of population.”

The Group will be meeting in South Cerney on Thursday 19 July and will be issuing a further statement following their discussions.

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  1. Richard Musgrave says:

    Hello,
    I am a resident in Baunton and would like to receive information via email on the A417 campaign group please.
    Thank you,
    Kind regards
    Richard

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