Chingford Comment

Buses and HGVs are damaging our homes

Chingford resident Shanta Prasad on the damage to homes caused by buses and HGVs crossing speed humps

Credit: K.Mitch Hodge via Unsplash

Traffic (especially by buses and all HGVs) crossing speed humps installed by the council is causing our homes to vibrate, windows to creak and items in our homes to rattle. Residents have taken photos of damage to our properties that are a result of the vibrations.

A growing number of residents across Waltham Forest are contacting me with regards to their homes shaking and painful road journeys and I have more than 200 signatures on a continuously growing petition. The residents have asked for the humps to be removed and speed cameras to be installed as fining speeding drivers is deeply disliked. 

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We have been told by the council to stand by the roadside, make notes of speeding vehicles and report this to the police. We never asked to be put into this position. How is this showing care, kindness and compassion when working people, parents with children, the retired, the elderly and people with disabilities are expected to do this?

The council have constantly repeated themselves by stating they have ‘followed correct procedures, that they are ‘saving lives’ with the unmonitored enforcement of a 20mph speed limit. Their response does not help residents and we have a right to live in our homes with peace of mind.

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