DESIGNS to tackle the “deafening” noise of traffic for residents living near the A55 have been slammed.
Angry residents have complained that plans to erect soundproofing fences behind properties close to the busy Expressway do not go far enough.
According to letters sent by Welsh Transport Minister Edwina Hart to residents in the St David’s Park Estate, Ewloe, only five out of 15 houses on the street will receive the sound-proofed fences.
One resident, who has been campaigning for a solution to the traffic noise for 12 years, said he was disappointed at the decision.
John Frost, of Burns Close, in St David’s Park Estate, said: “We live in a triangle of noise – so saying there are only five houses affected by the din is crazy.
“It’s a pantomime – we’ve been writing letters for 12 years.
“I’ll be 80 in January and me and my wife were hoping we could retire in peace in our garden.
“If I go out into the back garden, I have to take out my hearing aid which means I can’t speak to my wife and we can’t sleep if we open the window at night.”
Mr Frost said they had no idea which houses had been chosen to be screened off.
Ewloe councillor Alison Halford said she had also received the letter.
She said former transport minister Carl Sargeant, AM, had said the work would be put in place by the end of March this year and officials had written twice confirming the work was on track.
But then in April, Cllr Halford received a letter from Ms Hart, AM, the new minister for transport, saying design work for the fence was still incomplete.
She said: “I saw the First Minister Carwyn Jones recently and I pounced on him and I said ‘We have to do something about it’.
“In a letter sent in the last couple of days, it says the work will be done by late summer.
“But she has indicated that only some houses would be protected – only five out of the 15 – so it’s a complete lottery as to who will get them.
“We can’t just have a bit here and a bit there and I’m interested to know who is going to be the lucky beneficiaries.”
A spokesman for the Welsh Government said: “The design of the scheme to provide noise barriers along the A55 near St David’s Park is now complete and is currently being reviewed.”