Aintree Labour Action Team investigates solutions to noisey prob

Mariona Atkinson, Cllr Tony Carr and Bill Esterson on Ormskirk Road

 

Aintree Labour Action Team is consulting with residents about the possibility of installing 'acoustic barriers' on a busy Aintree road.

For more than 10 years residents along the Asda end of Ormskirk Road have complained about increasing traffic levels, noise and air pollution.

Aintree Labour Action Team leader Marion Atkinson and Molyneux Ward Labour councillor Tony Carr launched a petition last month calling for privets to be planted between the busy road and the houses.

Residents say the traffic levels on the road have rapidly increased with the expansion of Aintree Retail Park and Asda supermarket, making the problem gradually worse, but still no action has been taken.

The Aintree Labour Action Team even arranged for a council site visit so officers could see for themselves what the residents are having to cope with from the huge amount of traffic.

The team is now speaking to residents about the possibility of installing an acoustic barrier between the houses and the road.

Cllr Carr said: "We have had some difficulty in getting bushes installed by the road because the verge is so narrow, but we are still working with council officers to find a solution.

"But we are also investigating the possibility of an acoustic barrier along the road which would not only block the sounds of the vehicles, but also act as a guard against the pollution.

"There is the chance that we could get the boards installed with advertising on, which could see them paying for themselves or even generating income.

"But we need to ensure that this is something which the residents of Ormskirk Road want as well as the rest of the residents of Aintree Village."

Aintree resident and Labour Party candidate for May's local elections, Marion Atkinson, said the residents on Ormskirk Road have been waiting long enough for action.

Marion said: "The residents of Ormskirk Road have been ignored for far too long. The noise and fumes which they are having to put up with on that road are clearly unacceptable.

"Anyone who lives in Aintree, as I do, knows just how heavy that traffic gets on that road with cars heading to and from the retail park one way and Asda in the other.

"During the site visit by the council officers, they saw for themselves the levels of traffic, the noise and pollution. While I understand that the council is suffering from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts, Cllr Carr and myself have been in discussion with some of the businesses on the retail park who are happy to part fund whatever solution we find, be they bushes or acoustic boards."