Orpington High Street cobbles causing mayhem for family

Patrick Neylan on the cobbles of Orpington High Street.

Patrick Neylan on the cobbles of Orpington High Street.

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

COMPLAINTS over Orpington High Street have continued with a resident claiming vibrations from passing traffic are causing mayhem for him and his family.

Cobbles were added to the stretch of road outside the home of Patrick Neylan, 48, when the street was re-designed two years ago.

Since then the house has been left shaking and rattling when buses and lorries pass over this stretch of road.

He said: "When traffic passes I hear the doors rattling in their frames. "When I'm in bed I can feel the bed shake.

"My children and I are frequently woken up by the noise and shaking."

Mr Neylan, who lives with his two children, 18 and 20, added: "There is no reason at all for the road to be cobbled.

"Cobbles are fine if the heaviest traffic is a donkey and cart moving at walking pace and carrying a hay bale and a couple of chickens, but cobbles can't cope with buses and 40-tonne lorries travelling at over 30 mph.

"The road surface is coming apart, which makes the vibration worse, but the council seems unable to admit its mistake and take the only sensible action, which is to return the road to tarmac."

He claims that despite complaining to the council for the last six months, nothing has been done to rectify the problem.

A Bromley Council spokesman said: "We are in contact with the resident to find out exactly what the problem has been to make sure that any subsequent work solves the problem.

"Remedial works will be required to rectify the defects in the road surface.

"We have asked our contractor to identify the cause of the failure and arrange for remedial works to be completed as soon as possible."

Orpington High Street was redesigned at a cost of £2.2 million in 2010 but has since shown itself to have some major design flaws.

This summer part of the paving had to be taken up and relaid, while tarmac has been used to patch up gaps in the brickwork, leading readers to brand the improvement works a "painful and expensive mistake".

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5:52pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Make Life says...

next he'll be moaning about the sound of the rain hitting his roof. Bet he also moans about the noise that will be created when the road gets repaired. Also, why go to the papers?
next he'll be moaning about the sound of the rain hitting his roof. Bet he also moans about the noise that will be created when the road gets repaired. Also, why go to the papers? Make Life
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7:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

bizzymum says...

"My children and I are frequently woken up by the noise and shaking."

Mr Neylan, who lives with his two children, 18 and 20, added: "There is no reason at all for the road to be cobbled.

Who writes this stuff? Mr Patrick Grafton-Green (and quite possibly Mr Neyland) it's 2013 and ok to refer to someone's adult offspring as 'grown up kids or relatives' . Otherwise people might think you're talking about small vulnerable children rather than people who are big enough to move on and take responsibility for their own sleep deprivation.
"My children and I are frequently woken up by the noise and shaking." Mr Neylan, who lives with his two children, 18 and 20, added: "There is no reason at all for the road to be cobbled. Who writes this stuff? Mr Patrick Grafton-Green (and quite possibly Mr Neyland) it's 2013 and ok to refer to someone's adult offspring as 'grown up kids or relatives' . Otherwise people might think you're talking about small vulnerable children rather than people who are big enough to move on and take responsibility for their own sleep deprivation. bizzymum
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11:48am Wed 9 Jan 13

Slonik says...

The entire project has been a very costly fiasco. Apart from all the ropey sections of footpath, two paved sections (the pelican crossing outside Thornburrows and the main bus stand outside Boots) were relaid earlier last year and they're already starting to subside. The paved zebra crossing and roundabout near Pizza Express are terrible but nothing's been done.
The Council's gone strangely quiet about this massive waste of money. I wonder why...
The entire project has been a very costly fiasco. Apart from all the ropey sections of footpath, two paved sections (the pelican crossing outside Thornburrows and the main bus stand outside Boots) were relaid earlier last year and they're already starting to subside. The paved zebra crossing and roundabout near Pizza Express are terrible but nothing's been done. The Council's gone strangely quiet about this massive waste of money. I wonder why... Slonik
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1:47am Sat 12 Jan 13

PatrickNeylan says...

Make Life wrote:
next he'll be moaning about the sound of the rain hitting his roof. Bet he also moans about the noise that will be created when the road gets repaired. Also, why go to the papers?
How sweet! I've never had my own internet troll before. Can I keep you?
[quote][p][bold]Make Life[/bold] wrote: next he'll be moaning about the sound of the rain hitting his roof. Bet he also moans about the noise that will be created when the road gets repaired. Also, why go to the papers?[/p][/quote]How sweet! I've never had my own internet troll before. Can I keep you? PatrickNeylan
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