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‘New road surface is keeping us awake at night’

Residents of Buckland unhappy about the noise of the Aston Clinton bypass now it has been resurfaced

Residents of Buckland unhappy about the noise of the Aston Clinton bypass now it has been resurfaced

Bleary-eyed residents claim they are losing sleep after costly repair work on a bypass increased noise levels.

Now more than 70 people from Buckland village, near Aston Clinton, are calling on the council to investigate their complaint.

The council spent £300,000 tarmacking the A41 with a protective layer in preparation for a harsh winter but village parish councillors say the ‘tar and chippings’ used were the wrong choice and it has doubled traffic noise levels .

The original public inquiry before the road was built recommended that a ‘low-noise surface’ should be used.

But villagers say the council has disregarded the recommendation with the July resurfacing.

Buckland parish councillor Clive Carlile, who met with residents to discuss a plan of action on Monday, said: “The noise is whipping around the village.

“It’s mainly during rush hour when it is noticed but people are being woken up earlier than they should be by the noise.

“The only real solution is to have the road resurfaced again with the low-noise surface as recommended.”

County councillor and Buckland resident Carole Paternoster said: “I think it is a cheaper option.

“I am extremely disappointed that the officers have not been able to follow through the public enquiry inspector’s recommendations.”

The county council says it has no plans to review the noise levels.A spokesman said without any readings from before the resurfacing, it would not be possible to make a noise comparison with now.

He added: “The treatment used is in line with the industry standards and provides the county council with a cost effective solution to maximise the number of sites that can be treated.”

 

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