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Wa16 0ub

Reported via desktop in the Noise or Vibration category anonymously at 16:38, Thu 28 July 2022

Sent to Cheshire East Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3714187.

I live at post code WA16 0UB and I have previously had occasion to complain about the effects of noise and air pollution on properties that abut the A556. It should be noted that the properties of Cranage Villas have been designated by Defra (2014) as a “noise important area” (I do keep mentioning this fact, but it appears to have no meaning as far as CEC is concerned).

The current road resurfacing works along the A556 has prompted me to complain, once again, about the noise and pollution emanating from the A556.

The method currently being employed to resurface the A556 leaves the top dressing of stone chips loose on the road surface, which is then embedded by normal vehicular movements. On a route with heavy usage such as the A556 this produces choking clouds of particulate dust which is extremely harmful to residents whose properties are adjacent to the road works. This was the situation that occurred yesterday (27th July 2022) on initial completion of the resurfacing, forcing me to abandon attempts to maintain my front garden.

The numbers of both vehicular movements in general and larger vehicles using the A556 have increased over time. The existing base noise level emanating from vehicular traffic on the A556 is74dB on average. It is my observation that road noise is proportional to speed and that at lower speeds (40-mph) road noise is within tolerable limits; traffic is currently moving at slower speeds than the 60-mph speed limit due to the loose chippings. Please note that resurfacing of the road as a conventional hard-wearing surface does not reduce the tyre noise levels. The following actions can be taken to reduce the effects of road noise on residents of properties abutting the A556. 1. Reduce the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph. 2. Install speed cameras. 3. Install a quiet road surface. 4. Install roadside acoustic fencing.

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  • Thank you for contacting Cheshire East Highways. We have logged your enquiry and passed it to a member of our team.

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    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 16:38, Thu 28 July 2022

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Cheshire East Council at 08:33, Fri 29 July 2022

  • Thank you for contacting Cheshire East Highways. We have logged your enquiry and passed it to a member of our team.

    Our teams are working hard to manage and respond to reports from members of the public.

    We are currently experiencing an increase in demand of reported issues along with a temporary reduction in available staff due to Covid-related sickness and self-isolation.

    During this time and until the situation improves, we will be prioritising those issues that present most risk to the travelling public. While we normally aim to provide you with a response within 20 working days, response times for all other reported issues may take longer than usual.

    Thank you for your patience.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 09:25, Thu 11 August 2022

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Cheshire East Council at 16:43, Thu 11 August 2022

  • We have now written to you by email and consider the matter to be resolved.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 16:10, Tue 19 September 2023

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