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Noise Pollution

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

I present this petition on behalf of the residents of Port Solent, which is in my constituency and adjacent to the M27. The motorway is heavily congested and due to be widened by means of climbing lanes. The residents of Port Solent are not opposed to the climbing lanes but they request that acoustic noise barriers be erected to combat noise pollution.

The petition has been signed by 544 residents of Port Solent, which is a mixed development of apartments and houses. The houses in the development are closest to the motorway and 435 of the signatures come from them, which demonstrates the strength of feeling. I pay tribute to Phil Dickinson, Paul Lemaistre and Sue Hewitson who have worked hard gathering signatures for the petition.

The petition

Declares that the very close proximity and raised nature of the M27, alongside residential housing at Port Solent, causes intolerable levels of noise pollution, beyond what would currently be allowable for planning permission of either motorway or housing.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency to construct acoustic barriers, alongside the motorway adjacent to this housing, to protect residents from the very detrimental levels of noise pollution.

And the petitioners remain etc.

To lie upon the Table.