Following a number of exchanges and meetings with Ministers and the Highways Agency over ten years, local Lib Dem MP Norman Baker says that the wall of opposition to measures to reduce noise from the Lewes bypass may finally have cracked. The Highways Agency, in a letter to the MP, has promised to carry out technical surveys during 2007/8 in order to provide a design for resurfacing parts of the Lewes Bypass.
The Highways Agency has pledged that, following the creation of a design in 2007/8, resurfacing works are scheduled to take place in the following financial year, subject to funding. This announcement follows persistent campaigning on the issue, both by the MP and the Friends of Lewes, on behalf of local residents who have been affected by considerable noise from the road.
Mr Baker has received a large number of complaints from local people regarding noise from the bypass with the noise level for those houses nearest to the road often passing the recognised limit of 68 decibels, which triggers eligibility for compensation payments in new road schemes.
The issue was also discussed at the last meeting of Lewes District Council, when local ward councillors Ann De Vecchi and John Webber raised the matter and added their voices to the call for action.
Commenting on the news, Norman Baker said:
"For far too long the government has refused to deal with the noise pollution problem from the A27 Lewes bypass so I am delighted to hear that the wall of opposition to action is finally cracking and that large sections of the bypass look set to be resurfaced.
"This has been an ongoing issue for many years and I regularly receive complaints from people living near the road who are genuinely struggling to live with the unacceptable noise levels. I am therefore very pleased that the government has at long last agreed to take some constructive action on the matter."
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