VIDEO: Homeowners plea for end to bad vibrations

FED-up South Tyneside home-owners want to see an end to bad vibrations in their street.

When buses and heavy lorries travel along Harton Lane in South Shields, residents can feel the vibrations inside their homes, they say.

BAD VIBRATIONS ... resident Thomas Purvis in Harton Lane.

BAD VIBRATIONS ... resident Thomas Purvis in Harton Lane.

They claim it gets so bad that, on occasions, picture frames are dislodged off walls, and cracks have appeared in some properties.

On the surface, the road looks to be in a reasonable condition, but residents believe the problem could lie with loose sub-soil underneath the road surface.

A petition signed by 23 residents in Harton Lane was presented to members of South Tyneside Council’s Riverside community area forum, drawing the authority’s attention to the “unacceptable condition of the road surface and unstable sub-base” and calling for action as a “matter of urgency”.

The council has pledged to carry out vibration tests in the properties and conduct a probe into the road’s sub-base.

Father-of-two Thomas Purvis, 52, said: “The problem is that over the last 10 years, the condition of the road is having an effect on the properties in Harton Lane.

“Everything has been diverted from Talbot Road and Ashley Road over the years because of the speed bumps there.

“That’s created a lot of heavy traffic up and down the road.

“Over the years, they have resurfaced Harton Lane a few times, but it hasn’t solved the problem.

“They need to get down under the surface to sort it out.

“It is causing vibration problems in the houses. There are a lot of cracks, and we have started to get leaks. Something needs to be done.”

Coun Gladys Hobson, a ward member for West Park, said: “We’ll work with the residents over this and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem.

“It seems there is a problem with the sub-base because the road surface itself is not too bad.

“It won’t happen overnight, but we will do our best for the residents.”

In a report to councillors, John Hewitt, the council’s corporate director for business and resources, said: “It has been found that ground vibrations are dependent on a number of factors which include vehicle characteristics in terms of axle load, speed, the sub-soil conditions and the road surface profile.

“It has been found that vibration generated by HGVs is a significant source.”

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