Privacy concerns bypassed
SOME Alstonville residents feel like they are living in a ‘fishbowl' ever since the new Wardell Road bridge was completed.
The bridge, constructed as part of the Alstonville bypass project, runs over the new bypass to link up with a roundabout which provides access to Ellis Road.
Residents of the Glen Royal Gardens Village complex are ‘disappointed and distressed' after watching the bridge being constructed significantly higher than they believed it would be.
June and Robert Perry's back patio faces the new Wardell Road bridge, with Wardell Road running parallel to their property.
“We expected the road to rise about half-a-metre, but it's about two metres higher,” Mrs Perry said.
“We have had a loss of amenity, a loss of privacy and have to deal with the extra traffic and noise. This villa is the worst affected in the village by the bypass project.
“It is very difficult to think we are the worst affected, yet no one has come and said ‘what can we do to help you?'
“The bypass itself is not our problem. It is the height of the bridge that is our problem, and not being able to live like we used to.”
The Perrys and their neighbours were under the impression the bridge would be at the same level as Wardell Road and would not be so dominant from their properties as noise barriers would hide it.
The residents all said they were content with the bypass plans initially, but the final result showed ‘a lack of community consultation'.
June Williams, who lives next door tothe Perrys, bought her home only a year ago, believing the bypass would create a positive impact on the price of her house.
“I wanted somewhere where I could afford,” she said. “I don't want to move as I've just got here. But it is really disappointing.”
Mrs Perry complains that drivers passing over the bridge can see directly into her back patio area, making her feel she has no privacy.
“We feel like we have been discriminated against by the RTA because we live in a villa complex,” she said.
“A project manager has taken us up on to the bridge to look at our villa. He has made sure the RTA is going to expand the noise barrier right to the bridges, so at least he is helping us.”
A plan of the Alstonville bypass issued by the RTA states Wardell Road would have to be ‘raised slightly' to accommodate for the bypass, which runs under the bridge.
Attempts to get a response from the RTA yesterday were unsuccessful.