17/04/08 – Conflicting reports on Covingham Sound Barriers
Residents have been contacting local Councillors in Coleview, Covingham and Nythe with conflicting versions on what is happening on building Sound Barriers between A419 and Covingham.
Cllr Dale Heenan, “In recent weeks, I have heard from local residents saying that no money is available for the Covingham stretch of the Sound Barriers, that a public meeting is to be held by the Highway’s Agency next year and yesterday that the contract has already been tended and awarded for their construction!
Local residents would love to see the Sounds Barriers built and I would welcome any news saying that, but their seems to be a complete breakdown in communication between the Highways Agency, our Labour MP and local residents.
It’s now been over 2 1/2 years since the MP and the Highways Agency held a public meeting. Resident’s are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of information and the inability of the government to follow through on the promises made.
At last night’s Cabinet meeting, I asked the Council Leader and Director of Transport, to contact the Highways Agency to ascertain exactly what is going on.
When we find out what the situation is, I will make sure every resident is told either by knocking on their door or through a leaflet. If the Labour government can’t talk to residents, local Conservative Councillors certainly will! Resident’s don’t want to hear promises, they want to see action.