§ Mr. Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will re-examine the conditions under which double glazing may be provided at public expense for, and monetary compensation may be paid to, the residents of Colwyn Bay and other places who have been subjected to nuisance and annoyance, and otherwise adversely affected, by construction work on the North Wales expressway, with a view to expanding the scope of such provision and compensation.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
The compensation code and noise insulation provisions for people whose homes are affected by public works were improved and extended by the Land Compensation Act 1973. In providing noise insulation the Department has to operate within the terms of the Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 which were made under Section 20 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. Under these provisions the Department has offered insulation to 348 properties affected by stage 1 of the Colcon road scheme and 304 households have accepted. The cost of providing this insulation to eligible properties has been over £200,000. There are no proposals for the246W Department further to extend eligibility for compensation and noise insulation beyond the provisions of the Land Compensation Act 1973.
However, the Department is currently examining the possibility of providing barriers to mitigate against the effect of construction noise in certain locations.