A NORTH East council has been rapped by the local government watchdog for failing to protect one of its residents from noise and traffic.
Local government ombudsman Anne Seex found that Easington District Council’s handling of a planning application for barn conversions caused the woman complainant to suffer nuisance from increased traffic from builders.
The woman, named only as Miss S in the Ombudsman’s report, lives in east Durham in a former farmhouse. Council planners gave permission for a developer to convert barns close to the farmhouse into three houses.
They recommended building a new access road to take traffic away from the farmhouse, but failed to prevent traffic continuing to use the original road.
In her report, the Ombudsman noted that the council had now found a way of restricting traffic and recommended that it should pay Miss S £500 in recognition of that disturbance and her time and trouble in pursuing her complaint.