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Droitwich Spa and Wychbold residents can be a little more optimistic that the end is in sight for the misery of noise from the M5. But sadly there is no such cause for celebration for the other communities between junctions 7 and 5 in Worcestershire whose lives are also blighted by the racket from the motorway.

That’s the conclusion of the area’s MP, Peter Luff, after studying a new Government consultation on its Draft Noise Action Plans for major roads in England.

The consultation comes after the completion of detailed ‘noise mapping’ of England’s major road network. From these ‘noise maps’ the Government has been able to identify the priority areas which need attention and they have launched a consultation on proposals to tackle excessive noise. The section of the M5 which runs past Droitwich has been identified as one of these priority areas, together with the area around junction 5 – but only tiny pockets of the rest of the motorway in the county have been highlighted.

The consultation, which is open to all members of the public, closes on 4th November 2009 and further details can be found on the website of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs –

Commenting Peter said:

“These ‘noise maps’ have confirmed what Droitwich and Wychbold residents have known for years – that noise caused by the proximity of the M5 to the town is unacceptable, disruptive and can cause misery, and that something must be done about it. This is a big step forward in the campaign to stop the noise.

“I am pleased that the process to do something about it has finally begun. But this is just the first step to addressing a problem which should have been tackled a long time ago. The action plans must be tough - and I am looking for reassurance that other problem areas will also be sorted out.

“I only hope that, after so many failed promises to tackle noise on this stretch of motorway, the Government is prepared to see this one through.

“I will be making my own submission to the consultation – and I urge all local people affected by the din from the M5 to do the same. It’s time for us all to make a noise to ensure our noise problems are sorted out at last”


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