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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Checks on 'Wales' noisiest road'
Residents complained about the noise
A street in the south Wales Valleys nominated as the top 10 nosiest places in the UK will be reassessed for its sound levels.

Haydn Terrace in Merthyr Tydfil, was given the noisy title after complaints from residents to the UK Noise Association (UKNA).

The association had invited people to nominate noisy roads as part of a poll in 2002, and hundreds of entries were received.

Officials from the association are now organising a revisit to the streets to assess if any improvements had been made.

"We are going to do a follow up on the state of things and to be honest I don't think things will have changed," said Val Weedon, the secretary for the association.

"I'm sure that some of the roads have got worse," she added.

The association carried out the survey to find out the levels of intrusion the noise had into people's lives.

I can think of 30 or 40 streets in Merthyr which are far noisier, busier and more dangerous
Dave Jones, councillor

They did not use a noise meter or measure decibel levels but took into account how long the noise lasted, the number of people affected by the noise and whether a road suffered a from more than one annoying noise.

The residential street in the south Wales Valleys, which is part of the main bus route into Penydarren, had been nominated by residents.

One complained of dogs barking day and night, noisy motorbikes and gangs of people hanging around the street.

But local independent councillor Dave Jones, who lives nearby disagreed with the street being listed at number 10 in the noisy road list.

Bus Stop
The street is part of a main bus route

"I can think of 30 or 40 streets in Merthyr which are far noisier, busier and more dangerous," he said.

"The street is a very busy street, it is on a main bus route and there is a lot of traffic.

"But, I don't think it is any noisier than any other street in the town.

"I have been a councillor for the last 26 years and I have never had anyone complaining to me about the noise.

"I think the majority of people will find the whole thing very funny," he added.

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