Plymouth residents' anger after A38 trees are cut down
RESIDENTS in Compton say they are suffering from "horrendous" traffic noise and light pollution after trees and hedges along the A38 were cut down.
Homeowners in Reddington Road, Hollycroft Road and Valley View Road, on the south side of The Parkway, claim they are struggling to sleep at night and have had their view ruined.
The Highways Agency says the removal of the "overgrown vegetation" was necessary but residents are unhappy and calling on their councillors and MPs to highlight the issue.
Val Smith, 68, who lives in Reddington Road with her husband Ian, 72, said: "When we bought our bungalow here there were lovely trees along the Parkway, and instead of just cutting or pruning them back either side they cut the whole lot down.
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"We are left with stumps which has obviously made the Parkway totally visible to us.
"I could tell you what make of cars were going by and what their number plates are. It's awful, and it has increased the noise level considerably."
Mrs Smith says the lights from the traffic beam into the couple's bedroom and the noise keeps them awake.
"The trees were reducing the noise level and blocking out the view," she said.
"In cutting down these trees they have virtually moved the Parkway to the bottom of our garden. They might as well have moved in. It's horrendous. It has de-valued our properties. Much as I love this bungalow, I would like to sell up and move."
The issue has been taken up by Cllr Richard Ball, Conservative member for Compton, who has written to Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport.
Cllr Ball said: "I am particularly annoyed about this matter because neither the city council nor residents were informed about the programme or scale of vegetation works, and the Highways Agency seems to have no regard whatsoever about the quality of life of those who live near the road.
"I have been in touch with the Highways Agency and they quote what they regard as good reasons for their activities.
"I mentioned to them that people have become inured to the fact that they must endure the noise but not the noise itself, and when it gets worse as it has now, the agency should deal with it promptly not argue contractual points."
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The Highways Agency takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. We carry out maintenance programmes to trees and shrubs alongside our roads to ensure vegetation remains in good health and to maintain the safety of our roads. As part of this, overgrown vegetation near the Manadon junction on the A38 was cut back and cleared, and replanting took place where appropriate.
"Some of this work was undertaken in response to concerns raised by residents about the loss of light into their properties caused by overgrown trees. The trees were not serving a noise mitigation purpose."