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Grandmother Who Paid £350K for a Home Next to 70mph A-Road Complains That It Is Too Noisy

Afouda Bamidele
Apr 15, 2021
05:10 P.M.
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A grandmother who paid £350,000 for her forever home next to a busy 70mph A-Road, has complained that it is noisy. The grieved homeowner wants the council to reduce the speed limit.

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When 58-year-old Jackie McCormack and her husband paid a whopping £350,000 for a detached three-bedroom property in Coleshill, Birmingham, she thought her forever home was found.

However, the reverse was the opposite for the new homeowner. She discovered that her house was located next to a 70mph A-road that is often plied by lorries and cars and is hoping for a change.

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IT'S TOO NOISY

According to McCormack, the several cars that ply the busy road cause her home to shake vigorously. The thunderous noise often lasts between 5:30 am and 8:30 pm on weekdays, making it difficult for her family to sleep.

To make things worse, on weekends, boy racers compete on the dual carriageway. They drive at about 100mph in the early hours of the morning. Speaking about her plight to Daily Mail, McCormack said:

"It was absolutely horrendous. I know it's a really important road, but it's impacting our mental health."

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PURCHASING THE HOME 

McCormack and her husband purchased the property in February after changing their mind about a four-bed home that cost £25,000. The average price of homes in Coleshill is £233,624, so they thought it was a great choice.

In a similar vein, residents of McCaul Street in downtown Toronto complained about a TTC streetcar's squeaky noise.

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Unfortunately, it wasn't until a day after they spent their first night, a Friday, in the home, that the couple realized the nightmare that was the A446 Lichfield Road. By the following Saturday, the noise of the cars woke them up.

McCormack's husband, who works with Rolls-Royce, has compared the thunderous noise to that of an aircraft engine. The doting grandmother also added that it was dangerous for her grandson to play in the outdoor garden.

SHE DEMANDS CHANGE

McCormack is now calling on the council to make some changes. She has started a campaign to install crash barriers and reduce the speed limit to 40mph so that her grandson can at least play in the garden without worries.

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Neighbors sympathize with the McCormacks but believe that they knew what they were getting into when they got the property. However, the matriarch, who works disability charity advocate, believes she wasn't gullible. 

McCormack explained that she and her husband visited the property seven times, but each visit happened early in the morning on Saturday. She noted that she wouldn't have paid if the estate agent took her there in the afternoon.

SIMILAR STORIES

In a similar vein, residents of McCaul Street in downtown Toronto complained about a TTC streetcar's squeaky noise. The vehicle was diverted to their area after a construction blocked the usual route. 

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Homeowners compared the noise to a car crash, sharing that it occurred non-stop throughout the weekend, keeping them up at night. A spokesperson for TTC has since promised to address the issue and work on lubricating the tracks.

Last July, a 35-year-old San Diego woman sued her employer after she was fired because her children were noisy during a work call. The mother-of-two Drisana Rios revealed that transitioning to remote work as an account executive was tough.

However, she tried to juggle it alongside her role as a caregiver and managed to work harder than she had ever done only to be fired. She accused them gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

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