Traffic sends ‘shockwaves’ through home

Terry Capp says the state of the road outside his home is causing reverberations and cracks
Terry Capp says the state of the road outside his home is causing reverberations and cracks
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A resident claims heavy traffic causes shockwaves to reverberate through his home because of the uneven surface of the road.

Terry Capp fears the vibrations could cause structural damage to his home on Rawcliffe Street, South Shore.

And he has also warned the shaking could be a sympton of problems below the surface of the carriageway.

Mr Capp, 58, who is a landlord, said: “About 18 months ago United Utilities came to replace some pipes.

“Since then the road has been resurfaced and it looks like a good road.

“But if you look closely, there are dimples in the road and when traffic is going fast and drops into one of these potholes it reverberates through the houses.

“We get a lot of articulated lorries coming down this road making deliveries, as well as coaches on their way to the Promenade, and when they go past the house shakes.

“Every time heavy traffic goes past, there is literally a shockwave.

“My house is my biggest investment and I want to keep it nice, so this really shouldn’t be happening.

“I believe it is a symptom of the fact there is no sub-structure to the road, and I feel I must tell the council about it because if the road collapses, they will say, well no-one warned us.”

Experts from Blackpool Council have carried out studies to measure any potential shockwaves and say the vibration levels are ‘very low.’

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of the council, said: “We have had numerous conversations with Mr Capp to try and resolve his issue on Rawcliffe Street.

“That work has included carrying out seismic studies on his road which show that the vibration levels to his house are very low.

“We will continue to speak to Mr Capp and see if he can help him resolve the problem.”

The council said United Utilities is due to carry out further resurfacing work on Rawcliffe Street, probably after Easter.