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Cornwall residents feel 'let down' by A30 roadworks

Cornwall residents feel 'let down' by A30 roadworks

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 29th December 2019. (Updated at 8:54am 30th December 2019)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

People living and working next to Cornwall’s main road have accused Cornwall Council of failing to deliver on promises made when the road was improved.

More than two years after the A30 at Temple was reopened following a major dualling project people living next to the route say they are still waiting for some of the measures they were promised by Cornwall Council.

Graham and Yvonne Spittey’s home sits just metres from the busy route and they say they are “living a nightmare”.

They claim they are unable to sell their home as a new driveway which was provided by the council runs across four different owners’ land and they are not certain that they have legal right of way to use it.

The driveway was put in as the Spitteys lost their previous access from their home with the changes to the A30.

In addition they lost access to their garage and say that Cornwall Council pledged to build them a replacement. Visiting their homes recently, there is a visible gap where the new garage should be.

a30 temple new

The couple say the council also said it would provide triple glazing for windows at the back of the property which faces the A30 – but despite council staff having been to the house three times to measure up they are no closer to getting their new windows.

When work was being carried out on the new stretch of road the vibrations from heavy plant caused the Spitteys’ water tank to split, a temporary repair was put in place and the couple were told that a new tank would be provided and installed.

And while the tank was delivered in February it still sits unused next to the couple’s home.

Mr Spittey said there are around 14 different things which he says he was promised by the council but which have never materialised.

He and his wife also say they were told that Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport Geoff Brown and council staff would visit them in August to see the problems for themselves – they are still waiting.

“Geoff Brown stood on a bridge two and a half years ago saying what a wonderful job they have done. Here we are another two and a half years later and we are still waiting for these things to be done.

“They have not considered the people who are left behind to live with this. They have a duty of care to help people but they have just ignored that. They don’t care.”

Mr Spittey

a30 temple 2

Julian Jones, from Temple Fishery, says his livelihood has been affected by the works which were undertaken on the road and he is still affected today.

He claims that a spring which feeds into his fishery business completely dried up in the summer and he believes this was a direct result of the A30 works.

“I am really angry about how we have been treated,” he said. “If you go back to when they started work on the road in 2015 you can see that since then my business has just gone downhill.

“By August 2015 we had hardly any customers coming in. I was told to put in for compensation and they came back to me and offered £18. That is insulting.

“I have had sleepless nights because of this. I wake up sweating and anxious. It has come to the point where I want to sell up. I have had enough.

“The water dried up in the summer and I raised this with them but they claim it is not their fault. I am now having to take legal advice on this to try and resolve it.”

Julian Jones, Temple Fishery

Mr Spittey said he was concerned that the stress of the situation was having an impact on his health. Having undergone heart surgery within the past two years he said he was struggling to contain his anger about it.

“We tell people about what has happened and they can’t believe it – you couldn’t make it up.

“They said that we would not have to worry about anything and that they would put us back to how we were before. It just hasn’t happened.

“And when we try and contact them now they are avoiding us. It seems that the only thing to do is to get solicitors involved, but we can’t afford that and why should we?

“We haven’t done anything to cause these problems in the first place and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We are living a nightmare.

“We have got no quality of life, it is gone. And all the people who drive up and down this road past our house everyday have no idea.”

Mrs Spittey

traffic cones

The Spitteys and Mr Jones fear that one of the reasons for the problems is that Cornwall Council led the dualling project, taking responsibility for it from Highways England.

They are now concerned that people living near other proposed major road schemes in Cornwall – such as the dualling of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross, the A30 to St Austell link road and the Camelford bypass – could find themselves in a similar situation.

Mrs Spittey said: “The public need to know what Cornwall Council has done and how they have treated people.”

In a statement Cornwall Council said:

“We have been working for some time on works to address the local impacts of the scheme.

"We are continuing to work with our contractor, Kier, to address the remaining local issues as soon as possible some of which such as reseeding and earth works, can only be undertaken during certain periods of the year.”

Cornwall Council

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