Plans for Wall of Tyres Sound Barrier Rejected

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By Denna Bowman

A controversial scheme to build a noise barrier from old tyres alongside a Hampshire motorway has hit the skids.

The plan had been described by objectors as a “devious means of fly tipping waste”, according to a report in the Southern Daily Record.

Hampshire councillors rejected the wall of tyres proposal which was put forward by gravel giant Raymond Brown with the aim of blocking traffic noise from the M27 at Nursling.

Although the project would screen the M27 from Church Lane “very few residents” would benefit from the proposed 375m long barrier built from baled tyres and construction industry waste, according to an assessment by council officers.

The Environment Agency supported the proposals.  However local parish councils did not and claimed the plans would have led to extra traffic as the operation would have involved transporting a huge tyre mountain from the nearby village of Ashfield to the site.

Nursling Parish Council described the plan as a “devious means of flytipping waste” in the countryside and warned that if the scheme went ahead there was a “potential” for contamination to spread onto the M27’s surface and viewed it as unacceptable.

Nursling residents also expressed concerns about noise and dust coming from the construction site while the proposed 20ft high barrier was built from 90,000 cubic metres of waste of which, 17 cubic metres would have been of bald tyres.

Had the application been approved, it would have led to an average of 32 lorries a day using Station Road and other nearby lanes while the work was being carried out.

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