An action group from along the A419/A417 is asking local businesses for their views on the noisy road.
The issue of noise from the dual carriageway has been a running sore for residents since it was first built in 1998. Various attempts to reduce the sound have been made over the years without success so far. The action group, calling themselves A419NAG, was formed in 2012 and is made up of local residents and councillors who live in the Cotswolds and North Wiltshire. It surveyed 500 residents last year and the findings showed that the road is having a real impact on people’s lives and health.
The research findings were published in a report called ’The Social Consequences of Road Noise’ and found that from 500 respondents 97% said they could hear the noise from the concrete section of the dual carriageway. 88% said it was disruptive to their everyday lives. Many reported loss of sleep and headaches, others stress and anxiety.
Now, the group is taking its campaign one step further by seeking feedback from businesses near to the busy highway.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (GCC, Bourton & Northleach) is chairing the group and says the aim of the new survey is to find out whether the road noise is impacting on the local economy:
“Last year’s report made uncomfortable reading for the authorities. Highways England have taken it seriously and met with us but have said that it is the economic impact which could help push the Government to act.
“So now we want to find out how the road noise affects businesses located close to the concrete section of the A417/A419. We’ve set up a pilot online survey and have approached some firms along the stretch of the road to see if the noise is also an issue for them, their staff and customers.
“Once we’ve got the results of the pilot we will roll out the survey out to a wider area along the dual carriageway and will publish the findings in a report later this year.
“Our aim as always is to show that there is an issue here with this road which needs addressing. It must be solved before the improvements to the Air Balloon roundabout come on stream as those much-needed changes will inevitably lead to more traffic along the whole stretch of the road further south.”
The survey can be accessed at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/A419NAGBusinessSurvey/. It will be available to complete online until July 31st 2015.