Thursday 19 July 2007 10.37am
Having lived on Grange Road
for some years - and just moved out last month having sold (I suspect to you, OP, if so I trust you have settled in well) - the noise never bothered me. I slept at the front of the house with the windows open eleven months of the year. You'll get used to it very quickly... just relax about it and it'll worry you less.
I don't think that Councils can have limits on road noise levels. It is, after all, a public highway and I doubt that traffic level and concomitant noise is any business of the Council. It is also a 'blue route' so used by emergency vehicles; Grange Road
is a very main road within the borough. It's also pretty quiet at night.
So far as the speed limit is concerned, it was recently reduced to 20mph, so short of pedestrianising the road I think you're stuck with it... They were doing to be introducing speed humps, I don't know what happened to that plan. I wrote making vigorous objections on the grounds that a bus changing down gear to slow to 10mph and going over the bump makes much more noise than a bus whizzing past at 30mph.
Various utility companies dig the road up at regular intervals which gives noisy 'lumps' and 'bumps'; even if it were resurfaced that wouldn't last very long.
Assuming you are who I think you are, you do have double glazed sash windows. You could get Ventrolla in to 'sound proof' the double glazing. By fitting brushes around the windows sound insulation is much improved. I believe it would be about £800 a window for their entire system which allows you take the windows out easily for cleaning the outsides.
Reddiseals.co.uk provide a similar product for the sound insulation part for about £100 per window which you can get a carpenter to fit (or do it yourself if you are handy with a router).
And then you can get secondary glazing. I've seen people fit triple-glazed secondary glazing. It's not very attractive, but you could have a disco and the neighbours wouldn't hear.
A company called storm windows do very elegant and discrete double glazing.