Traffic noise ‘not fair’ on Harrington Park residents

Disappointed: Harrington Park residents Tony Tripp, Jo Booth and Glenn Darby will miss out on a noise wall while their neighbours will have one. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Disappointed: Harrington Park residents Tony Tripp, Jo Booth and Glenn Darby will miss out on a noise wall while their neighbours will have one. Picture: Kayla Osborne

“If it’s good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for us?”

That’s the message from Harrington Park residents who have been told they will have no protection from the noise of the Northern Road.

Roads and Maritime Services will install a noise wall along the recently upgraded section of the Northern Road.

However residents living adjacent to Narellan Town Centre along the older part of the busy road will miss out.

Harrington Park resident Tony Tripp said he would miss out on added noise protection by about four houses.

“Our neighbours will have the wall but about 10 houses on my street are going to miss out,” he said.

“We are going to have to deal with the noise of the construction of the wall to protect our neighbours on top of the traffic noises we already have.

We cannot have people over anymore. It is stressful to be in our own backyard.

Tony Tripp

“This is a fairness issue – we have already had to deal with noisy construction.”

Mr Tripp has lived in Harrington Park for the past seven years.

He said while he had always lived alongside the busy thoroughfare, noise had continued to grow as more development happened around them. 

“Since the Northern Road has been widened in both directions, the traffic noise has more than quadrupled,” he said.

“Our lives have been significantly impacted by the increased traffic directly behind our home.

“We cannot have people over anymore.

“It is stressful to be in our own backyard.”

Mr Tripp and fellow Harrington Park residents have reached out to Camden MP Chris Patterson to seek his help.

Mr Patterson said he has organised a meeting with the Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey’s chief of staff to see if anything can be done to extend the wall.

“Roads and Maritime Services have not done anything wrong – [building the noise wall in the recently upgraded section] is standard procedure all over the state,” he said.

“But as residents have said there is a bit of an anomaly here. I am happy to take it up with the minister on their behalf and see if anything can be changed.

“Nobody has done anything wrong in this situation it’s just that it isn’t working for all residents involved and I am happy to go into bat for them.”