Highways Agency confirms support for “Solar Sound Barrier” idea
The momentum behind Cllr Dale Heenan’s campaign for a “Solar Sound Barrier” to improve and extend the A419 Sound Barrier continues to gather pace. The Highways Agency have today confirmed their support to the local Conservative MP, and Swindon Borough Council will be debating the idea on Thursday 18th July so it can proceed to a business case.
Cllr Dale Heenan “The local MP Justin Tomlinson supported my idea from the start for tackling the noise of the A419 for local residents in Covingham, Liden and areas of Stratton like Watermead. The Solar Sound Barrier is the only potential solution to this problem and would see the electricity generated from photovoltaic panels on both sides of the A419 sold to local businesses to cover the cost of the Sound Barrier.
After our campaign launch, Justin wrote to the Head of the Highways Agency to ensure their continued support in making the solar sound barrier happen, and to try to avoid the normal pitfalls which projects can develop if there is poor communication and a lack of buy in.
I am delighted to read that the South West Regional Director of the Highways Agency is supportive of the initiative, and is keen to work with Swindon Council and local businesses to see this novel idea implemented. It is rare to receive this kind of emphatically positive reply and I hope it is a good omen for progress in the coming months.”
The South West Regional Director of the Highways Agency has said,
“We are supportive of this kind of initiative and are keen to work with local authorities and private enterprise to bring forward such propsals where they can be delivered without impacting the safe operation of the network.
We are very interested to see how this project develops as it appears to be an excellent example of local people thinking and working creatively with strategic organisations to achieve mutually benefical outcomes.”