ePetition details

M25 Noise Pollution

We the undersigned petition the council to coordinate with Mole Valley DC, Surrey CC, Crispin Blunt MP, Paul Beresford MP & Chris Grayling MP and write to Highways England highlighting Residents’ concerns about Noise Pollution from the M25, specifically referencing Motorway resurfacing of the atypical concrete slabs installed between M25 Junctions 8-9 and requesting additional man-made sound barriers and tree planting along this section of motorway to protect Residents. We also call on Reigate & Banstead Council to consider how it can combat noise pollution from roads directly via planning policy or other powers under its control.

According to EEA Report No 10/2014 Noise pollution is a growing environmental concern. The adverse effects can be found in the well-being of exposed human populations, in the health and distribution of wildlife, in the abilities of our children to learn properly at school and in the high economic price society must pay because of noise pollution.
Highways England is responsible for the M25 Motorway and has recently pledged to reduce noise pollution. It has announced it will take steps to cut noise levels in more than 1,000 areas close to motorways and large A-roads by 2020. Furthermore, the organisation says it has adopted the policy of installing quieter road surfaces wherever possible.

This ePetition ran from 14/08/2019 to 07/11/2019 and has now finished.

605 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Please note: As we are now in the pre-election period, we will not be able to complete the agreed actions immediately but will undertake to complete these as soon as possible after the election.

The agreed actions to be completed are as follows:

(i) That Full Council supports the first part of the petition request, and that the Leader of the council writes to Highways England on the issue of M25 Noise Pollution, and in doing so engages with Mole Valley District Council, Surrey County Council, and local MPs. In addition, that the Leader forwards the petition to the Chairman of the Reigate & Banstead Local Committee for its consideration.

(ii) That - in relation to the second part of the petition - Full Council notes that the Council’s powers to combat noise pollution from roads is limited to engaging with the statutory highway authorities. Where there is evidence of new or increased resident disturbance from local roads this will be drawn to the attention of Surrey County Council, including via the Reigate & Banstead Local Committee.

The petition was supported by a full report that can be found here: https://reigate-banstead.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s6834/Petition%20M25%20Noise%20Pollution.pdf