M5 NOISE AROUND DROITWICH – “THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS”
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M5 NOISE AROUND DROITWICH – “THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS”

“The good news for people suffering the noise from the M5 in the Droitwich area is that the government has confirmed the area is an important one for early action. The bad news is that they are not committed to doing anything about it.”
That was the conclusion of Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff after he received a reply from transport minister Chris Mole today (Thursday).

The minister says a Noise Action Plan identifying the most “Important Areas” and “First Priority Locations” for 23 areas was adopted on 15th March. He goes on to say,

“During the next 18 months the Highways Agency (HA) will review those Important Areas containing “First Priority Locations” identified alongside the strategic road network. This review will include parts of the M5 within your constituency. …. The implementation of any noise mitigation measures following these reviews will be subject to available funding.”

Peter Luff has written to Droitwich Spa town council saying,

“It looks like a pretty long drawn out process to me, but we must continue to make our case vigorously to ensure we get the priority the residents of Droitwich deserve.

“The one really encouraging thing is that parts of the M5 in Mid Worcestershire do indeed seem to have been confirmed as “important areas” for action and probably first priority locations.”

Peter has now written a further letter to the officials conducting the review to confirm which parts of the M5 in Mid Worcestershire are designated as important areas and first priority locations.

Commenting, Peter said,

“This all means that the earliest date for a conclusion on the need for noise mitigation is late 2011 – and even then there is no promise of early action. But we must keep on fighting to end the noise misery of hundreds of families, not just in Droitwich but along the whole length of the M5 from junction 7 to junction 4a.”

ENDS


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