Tuesday, 22 January 2013

St Johns Residents and Net work rail. People Before Profit question to council and response.



PUBLIC QUESTION NO. 8

                                                                                    Priority 3



LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM

COUNCIL MEETING

23 JANUARY 2013


Question asked by:  Mr R Woolford on behalf of Lewisham People Before
                                    Profit

Member to reply:       Councillor Susan Wise

Question

Can the Council please confirm what support it has and will give to residents of St Johns Deptford, who are seeking compensation because they have lost every holiday including Christmas due to the excessive noise night and day by Network Rail?

Can the Council use its position to insure that the new improvements that Network Rail is promising for St Johns Station include access for the disabled, which presently it fails to offer, contrary to European law?

Reply

Network Rail have provided noise insulation in the form of secondary glazing or a grant towards double glazing, along with a temporary re-location package over the Christmas period, to 33 of the worse affected households surrounding the area at St Johns where construction is taking place as part of the Thameslink programme.

These measures have been included as it is recognised that the level of noise during the programme of works is likely to be disturbing, particularly during the night time, where a major amount of the works are required to take place due to the closeness of works near live rail.

The Council are monitoring the works on site through the Control of Pollution Act 1974, Section 61 consent process. This consent considers the management of noise on site, which includes the Contractor providing predicted noise levels at different receptors surrounding the site which are representative of affected properties. All reasonably possible noise mitigation and selection of plant and methods of work are considered through the process to reduce noise levels from the site.

The provision of off site mitigation, in the form of  noise insulation or temporary rehousing follows Network Rail’s own policy requirements, which uses the predicted noise levels to assess when/if a certain number of exceedances, to their trigger levels occurs. The Council have appointed their own noise consultants to validate the noise predictions carried out by Network Rail and are currently reviewing the predictions for the post Christmas works to assess whether there are any further households, not previously identified that now qualify for noise insulation. The Council are therefore examining Network Rail’s calculation procedure and results to independently verify that every property that can and should be identified for noise insulation under their own policy is being included.

The Council have been carrying out their own noise monitoring and are currently assessing these results along with the Contractors own noise results, for the Christmas period,  to establish whether Network Rail’s temporary re-location package offered to the 33 households, should have been extended to include other properties, on the basis of the noise monitoring data. Network Rail will be providing a response to the residents who have asked for this to be considered once the results have been fully assessed and the Council will again be closely examining their results and findings.

Can the Council use its position to insure that the new improvements that Network Rail is promising for St Johns Station include access for the disabled, which presently it fails to offer, contrary to European law?

Network Rail’s Thameslink programme have stated that improved access for the disabled doesn’t fall within their works.

The Council are actively involved in supporting residents and senior members of the Council have been present at the two public meetings held. Also the Council is regularly updating it’s own dedicated webpage for St Johns Thameslink works where all relevant documents, including the Council’s Section 61 consent issued to the Contractor, are available. https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/regeneration/deptford/Pages/St-Johns-Station-rail-works.aspx

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