MP calls for silence on A38 noise debate

NRHNBE100506a8, Amber valley general election count, Alfreton leisure centre. Concervative candidate Nigel Mills.

NRHNBE100506a8, Amber valley general election count, Alfreton leisure centre. Concervative candidate Nigel Mills.

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Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills is calling on residents to sign a web-petition to speed up installation of noise reducing measures on the A38.

The agency has labelled parts of the road running past Alfreton and Coxbench as ‘high priority’ on its list of stretches across the UK that could be re-laid with a ‘lower noise surface’ before 2021.

But Mr Mills is demanding the measures be introduced sooner and at more spots along the A38, along with sound barriers, and has questioned the method in which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs assessed the road network in the first place.

He said: “There are serious concerns over methodology, which appears to have been based on little more than looking at Google Maps and checking the distance from the nearest house. Only two sites in Alfreton and the site at Coxbench/Rawson Green count as priority sites – but with proper methodology there may have been more. I’m calling on the Highways Agency, DEFRA and the local councils to do much better than this and to accelerate laying the noise reduction surface, install noise barriers on those parts of the A38 where this is would be effective.”

Mr Mills added the measures could be part-funded through planning agreements with developers looking to build along the road.

The petition is at 
www.reducea38noise.com.