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‘Insomnia Road’ in Northampton to have peace at last

Councillor Gareth Eales with members of Spencer and Dallington Residents Association Valerie Holland, Linda O'Reilly, Rose Agar, Betty Onley and Doreen Irons on Gladstone Road

Councillor Gareth Eales with members of Spencer and Dallington Residents Association Valerie Holland, Linda O'Reilly, Rose Agar, Betty Onley and Doreen Irons on Gladstone Road

Sleep-deprived residents living around Gladstone Road have won their battle to have the controversial rumble strips removed.

Last night Northamptonshire County Council finally agreed to remove the noisy surface, the noise from which has been likened to an aircraft taking off, after three years of campaigning.

Recent independent speed tests have verified that traffic speeds had not reduced, and in some parts actually increased, and do not justify disturbance to residents from the noisy imprint surface.

Gareth Eales (Lab), who led the campaign, relaunched the Spencer Dallington Residents Association. (SDRA) in the process, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our hard-fought campaign has finally got the outcome we wanted.

“I and the Spencer Dallington Residents Association have maintained that traffic speeds had not reduced and I knew our request for the speed tests would verify that and make the counter arguments from NCC untenable.

“I made a pledge to residents that I would not rest until we got an amicable resolution and I delivered on that.

“The next phase is engaging with residents to get some consensus on over what method and time frame the remedial works will be done, so I and the SDRA will be out knocking on doors once again and getting people’s views.”

The remedial works are to be undertaken by an NCC sub-contractor at their expense, which means there is no cost to the taxpayer.

“The work is being lined up for May of this year and will either be done over seven consecutive weekends or a full week, the latter would mean some work being done overnight.”

 

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