Trafalgar roundabout roadworks too loud? Have hotel stay on us
HOTEL stays and super-thick curtains are being provided for Truro residents to compensate for "horrendous" noise from roadworks, the West Briton can reveal.
People living near the Trafalgar roundabout works have been offered triple-lined, made-to-measure curtains or smart hotel accommodation – with the taxpayer footing the bill.
The overnight resurfacing work has left residents shaking in their beds through sleepless nights.
Cornwall Council said the extreme compensation measures were only being carried out due to "exceptional circumstances".
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The £2.25 million scheme, which began last September, is being carried out by Cornwall Council's civil engineering arm, CORMAC, ahead of the new park-and-ride to be built at the top of Tregolls Road.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I was in bed last night and the bed was shuddering."
Another said: "When thunder is right above you and you feel the house shake – it was like that but the noise was consistent."
The West Briton has seen a letter to residents from the CORMAC project manager, David Vincent, referring to "overnight accommodation for the nights when surfacing will be taking place".
The letter also states: "I would also record that you have accepted the offer of acoustic curtains to be installed in your property until the substantial completion of the works.
"Mr Nigel Parriss from the House of Fabric will be in touch shortly to arrange to visit you and discuss options for fabric and installation."
But the compensation has not been offered across the board.
Kel Pritchard lives in a listed building at the end of Trafalgar Row – the property nearest the roadworks.
He said: "The noise level is horrendous, they are virtually outside. My biggest concern was when the house started vibrating."
Mr Pritchard had been in contact with CORMAC but had not been offered any sort of compensation.
He said: "I'm outraged that some people have been offered hotels and I have not been approached. It turns out the louder you shout the more you get noticed."
A statement from Cornwall Council on behalf of CORMAC confirmed accommodation had been provided for two families at a cost of £75 per night – one family for four nights and the other for nine nights.
The council also later confirmed "acoustic" curtains had been fitted by a local company to four properties, with an average cost of £500 per double window. These curtains will be returned to CORMAC at the end of the works for future use.
A spokesman said: "We certainly appreciate the goodwill of residents living near the works and would like to reassure them that the end is in sight.
"Temporary accommodation for people significantly affected by major highways works is provided only in exceptional circumstances and is not standard policy."