Resident’s anger at all-night roadworks at Poppleton Road Park&Ride
Updated 4:56pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in News
George Morrison lives on Station Road Upper Poppleton, just 50 yards from the roadworks site which has seen pneumatic drills working through the night for weeks on end.
The problems began in May, when the night working began but ended just a few night later after complaints from residents like Mr Morrison.
But three weeks later the noise began again, and have left Mr Morrison and his wife unable to sleep or even hear each other's voices.
"We have had weeks of hell.
"The noise was unbelievable, it was frightening. There's no way in the world we should have had to put up with that."
Even though the night working ended on Thursday, Mr Morrison said he is so furious that he is considering private legal action against the council for the nuisance the work has caused.
Mr Morrison, 57, said: "I and spoken to a solicitor who specialises in this kind of claim, and he said I have a case because these works could have been done at other times."
The council's Sally Burns, director of communities and neighbourhoods, said disruption was inevitable in projects as big as the new Park and Ride - which is one of the largest infrastructure projects in York since the 80s.
She added: "“The new Park&Ride at Poppleton is part of a £22m scheme and is one of the largest transport schemes since the outer ring road was built in the 80s. With schemes of this size disruption was unfortunately unavoidable, particularly as over 40,000 vehicles use this route every day.
"However, we completely understand that this has been difficult for residents near the site and we thank them for their assistance and cooperation. We’ve ensured that local residents have been kept informed of the works as much as possible and alternative accommodation was offered to those living in the immediate area."
Although Mr Morrison and his neighbours have been informed of night working before it has begun, he said he feels complaints have largely fallen on deaf ears.
"I feel as if I am in Russia or China or somewhere where people have no rights."
He is angry that while some residents have been offered accommodation elsewhere he and his wife were not.
He added: "Some people are elderly or have pets so can't leave their homes, and I was not offered accommodation until last Thursday, when the work finished on Saturday."
Ms Burns added the overnight works were now finished and the A59 would be adorned with yellow decorations ahead of the arrival of the Grand Depart this weekend.