I am aware of concerns relating to the noise levels generated by traffic using the Rhuddlan bypass. I conducted a survey of residents living in the immediate vicinity and received 156 responses: all highlighting the detrimental effect the noise is having on residents.
The information collected suggested that whilst the traffic noise is constant throughout the day, it worsens during rush hour and when the wind is blowing from a westerly direction. Residents feel particularly aggrieved during summer months when they wish to have their windows open and sit in their garden.
Responses also highlighted speeding motorcycles, which understandably create increased noise.
I have highlighted all concerns with Denbighshire County Council and received a response explaining that they have conducted tests and that the recorded noise levels do not exceed the thresholds that are in place, and as such no further action will be considered.
They also confirmed that they have reviewed vehicle speed/volume data for the route and that they feel there is no justification for a lower speed limit or any remedial measures at this time.
Whilst their initial response is disappointing, I have since raised my concerns directly with Graham Boase, Chief Executive of Denbighshire County Council. I feel that, although the noise thresholds may not have been exceeded, if many people are affected, then the cumulative impact is great.
I have pushed for a noise-reducing surface to be installed.
I would encourage all residents to continue to report their concerns directly to Denbighshire’s Highways Department.
UPDATE: since the publication of this page, please see the News article below from 20 October 2022 for further progress!