Plymouth family's despair over night-time roadworks
A FURIOUS family is being kept awake by roadworks going on through the night outside their home in the heart of a residential district.
Fed-up Joanna Frame and her husband David are demanding to know why the resurfacing work in Weston Park Road, Peverell, is starting at 6.30pm and continuing through the small hours until 6am.
In an attempt to get answers they contacted their ward councillor and MP.
Plymouth University worker Mrs Frame, who has lived in the road for 22 years, said: "It started on Monday night. But on Tuesday night at half past midnight they were right outside our home. The noise was terrible. There was the sound of big machinery operating, the beeping sound of vehicles reversing and flashing lights. There were five or six machines and lorries right outside our house.
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"My husband, David, works at Princess Yachts and has to be up at 5.30am. He didn't get to sleep until 1.30am."
Mrs Frame said that her daughter, Verity, aged 25, who works at Age UK Plymouth, was also unable to sleep through the noise.
In desperation, she fired off an email to Pothole Pete, her MP Oliver Colvile, Peverell ward councillor Martin Leaves, and the city council, part of which read: "By the time you read this you will all have probably had a good night's sleep. As a resident of Weston Park Road this will not be possible for my family and all my neighbours as road resurfacing work is being carried out.
"It is now 00.30 hours and we have been kept awake. . This could go on until 6am according to the signs outside. How are we expected to then go into work or school?
"Could you please explain how you justify carrying out this work overnight in a residential street? Why couldn't the work have been done during the day with traffic diverted to use Peverell Park Road?"
Mrs Frame said: "It is probably too late for us now, but I just hope other people do not have to suffer like this."
Cllr Leaves said he had passed the email to Amey Highways and added: "It seems strange that they can do resurfacing works in residential areas at night. But they could not do the Laira Bridge works at night, when that is not a residential area."
A Plymouth Transport and Highways spokesperson said: "Western Park Road has been identified as requiring resurfacing, based on the number of potholes and the degree of cracking and bumpiness. The works were scheduled to take place at night to minimise traffic congestion for residents and commuters.
"The works have been planned so that a majority of noisy tasks finish at a reasonable hour; for example no jackhammering will happen after 11pm.
"Although the advance information boards state a finish time of 6am, our works will always finish well before this. On Monday night we finished just after midnight and on Tuesday night it was just after 1am – 6am is the deadline by which time we must reopen the road for traffic.
"As well as putting up advance notice signs along the road we also did a comprehensive letter drop to around 800 properties on Weston Park Road and all side roads providing details of the works, including timings. The resurfacing work is on schedule to finish on Friday as planned and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause in the meantime."