Jonathan recently joined Dr Ben Spencer MP and local residents to present a petition to No.10 Downing Street calling for the resurfacing of the M25 between junctions 10 and 11.
The petition, organised by the M25 Action Group, collected 1353 offline residents’ signatures and 2185 online signatures from drivers.
The wording of the petition states as following:
“The petition of the residents of Woking declares that the resurfacing work and noise reduction must be carried out on the M25 between junctions 10 and 11; further that these residents, children attending local schools and people who work in the area have been and are currently adversely affected by the ever increasing volume of traffic and continued deterioration of the original surface; and acknowledges that an online petition for drivers has collected a significant number of signatures calling for the resurfacing of the road. The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Transport and Highways England to fully resurface and significantly reduce the noise levels on the M25 between junctions 10 and 11."
Specific thanks must go to Cllr Amanda Boote, who set up the action group in 2019 and spearheaded the campaign.
Cllr Boote stated:
“It was clear that the noise from junctions 10-11 was making many of my residents in ‘the Byfleets’ very miserable, many of whom who cannot open their windows or use their gardens in the summer due to the deafening sound”
“We have today presented our petition to number 10 Downing Street, along with our local MP’s, who are in full support of trying to get junctions 10-11 resurfaced. This is the only piece of the M25 that still has it’s original surface in a residential area and we need it to be resurfaced for the health and well-being of residents, workers and drivers – especially our young children, many of whom have schools in a very close proximity to the motorway”
Jonatha said "I was delighted to help take this important local petition right to the heart of Government and I congratulate everyone who was involved in drawing up the petition and securing so many signatures."
This week, Jonathan and Dr Ben Spencer MP raised this issue in Parliament during a Westminster Hall Debate. The debate, led by Jonathan, aimed to further highlight the issue of noise pollution and the need for urgent action to protect residents living either side of this stretch of motorway.
The full transcript of the debate can be found here.