Dear resident,

This letter is to keep you informed of the work of the Residents’ Action Group on M6 motorway noise nuisance/pollution and to give you the results of the survey that we undertook last month on how residents are affected by noise and pollution.

A big thank you to all those who responded.

339 survey forms were delivered one to each household: this covered all properties on roads west of the A50 in Cranage parish.

At the last count on the 31st January we have received back 211: That’s a response rate over 62{41d8691ba718a018d53949c5ba603eea82bf50655d76ebb1e68f94519c671f35}.

Results are still arriving and will be added later.

  • Those who were experiencing noise problems  indoors               194
  • Those who were experiencing noise problems  outside               178
  • Those who were suffering resultant loss of sleep                         129
  • Those who were concerned about air quality and pollution          199
  • Those who were supportive of the residents group                       202

What these numbers show is that the majority of residents believe that noise and air pollution from the M6 are a very serious problem in Cranage and that Highways England and politicians need to be taking it far more seriously than they currently are. Clearly this problem is far greater than even we anticipated.

At the last Parish Council meeting of the 16th of January the Residents’ Action Group addressed the PC giving them an update on responses received at that time and gave every Councillor a copy of some of the comments that had been written on the back of the survey sheets by residents (names and address had been removed to retain anonymity).

The PC went on to discuss the quotes received from three consultants to prepare the initial somewhat complex wording required to request the technical details of the table top computer modelling from highways England.

We need this information to determine why Highways England say there is no problem now yet in 1994 the (then Highways Agency) stated there is a problem and proposed to construct a fence to protect Cranage.

The council decided to contribute funds of a £1000 towards the £1400 pounds initially required.

The rest would have to be met by residents.

The Residents’ Action Group met on 25th January to discuss the results of the survey to date and what follow up action was required.

The group agreed that a copy of the survey data should be  made available shortly after the 31st of January to the Parish Council for its next meeting on the 27th February at 7.30 in the village hall and that the PC be asked to fund the remaining £400 still required for consultant’s work.

The Residents’ Action Group believes this work falls well within the remit of the Parish council.

An abstract of their business plan of February 2017 specifically states.

2.4 (to provide a channel for views and expressions of the local community and be responsive to its needs and aspirations.)

2.5 (to develop partnership and agency working with the public and private sectors in terms of resource and finance for the benefit of the community.)

2.6 (to liaise with and support local community associations.)

4.4.3 ( concern  has been raised over the potential pollution caused by the by the proximity of the parish to the M6  the parish council continues to seek information and assurances from the relevant authorities as to whether this is the case and if so proved what measures will be taken to mitigate harmful effects on parishioners.)

The Residents’ Action Group have funded the survey, stamps, printing etc. not insignificant, which many think should have been carried out by the Parish Council in the first instance.

Cllr Andrew Kolker who is our local Cheshire East Councillor and is also a member of the Residents’ Action Group has been in contact with Ken Edwards of the M40 Chiltern action group who successfully got Highways England to provide acoustic barriers to protect residential properties along extensive sections of the M40 in rural areas not unlike our own.

It was therefore agreed by the Residents’ Action Group that Councillor Andrew Kolker ,would contact the following at Cheshire East.

Don Stockton, Environment  and Roads Portfolio Holder
Liz Wardlaw  Health Portfolio Holder
Rachel Bailey   (Council Leader)
And the Acting Chief Executive (Kath O’Dwyer)

The purpose of this is to request that Cheshire East Council lobby the Departments of Transport and Health through our MP to introduce effective remedial works to our stretch of M6 whilst the current work is underway. We want Cheshire East Council to contact the Council who supported the M40 action groups and their local Parish Councils to understand how they were able to help their residents and to implement those actions to support us here in Cranage.

Finally we want Cheshire East to review the findings of our residents’ survey together with the pollution data from their own sampling and to report back to the Parish Council with what action they propose to take to remediate the nuisance and health effects being endured by residents of Cranage.

All of the above is to be copied in to Fiona Bruce our MP.

What is now apparent is that a great many households are badly affected by the noise and pollution all of which can seriously affect our health and wellbeing. We need the Parish Council and Cheshire East Council to support us in tackling this.

Several scientific studies show that lives are shortened from being exposed to noise and pollution. Both the EU and the World Health Organisation have produced studies and set levels to be achieved. All of which are being ignored in this instance by those in authority.

If anyone feels they can contribute ideas or expertise, please let the committee know.

The e-mail address  for residents action group  is     [email protected]

And please if you want to ensure you get updates drop your name and email address in here Residents updates

You may wish to contact the Parish council or Fiona Bruce MP the contact details are.

Julie Mason clerk                  [email protected]
2 Field View Somerford Congleton CW12 4UG

Rachel Hurst Chairman        [email protected]
Whitegate Byley lane Cranage CW4 8EJ

Fiona Bruce                           [email protected]
Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton CW12 1DT

M6 Residents’ Action Group
Inam Choudhry,
Stuart Jackson,
Joan Wild,
Peter Wild,
Andrew Kolker (CE Councillor),
Mike Hodge (Cranage Parish Councillor)