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Jackie McCormack and her husband couldn’t believe their luck when they bought their dream home for £350,000 in Coleshill, Birmingham – but soon realised the passing traffic makes the house shake

Apr 13, 2021

A couple’s dream home has turned into a nightmare as passing lorries on a nearby road cause the house to shake.
Jackie McCormack and her husband couldn’t believe their luck when they bought an “absolutely beautiful” three-bed new build for £350,000 in Coleshill, near Birmingham.
But as soon as they moved in, traffic from the busy A446 Lichfield Road – just nine feet from their home – meant they were constantly rocked by passing motorists.
Mum Jackie has likened it to “living next to a motorway” and said the air is also full of vehicle fumes, with lorries heard between 5.30am and 8.30pm every day, reports Birmingham Live.
And there’s no respite even on weekends, with the noise from boy racers and motorcyclists described as ‘horrendous’.
With no speed cameras to slow motorists down and no crash barriers to protect the home, their garden is a ‘no go zone’.
Every morning Jackie says she could write her name in the dust that settles on her brand new white ensuite, and is forced to clean her windows up to four times a week.
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Jackie said her garden is a no-go zone (Image: Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)
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“We moved in on the Friday and on Saturday it was absolutely horrendous,” recalled the 58-year-old mum, who moved in at the end of February.
“I didn’t realise there was an injunction regarding boy racers on the A446, they don’t take any notice of it. They started at 11am on the Saturday and went right the way through to 4am on Sunday, hitting speeds of 90 – 100mph.
“On the Monday, it started with the heavy good vehicles – my house was constantly shaking. You don’t get any respite at all, it’s relentless. It’s like living next to a motorway.”
The mum said she wished she could turn back the hands of time after relocating from their larger Victorian home in Kings Heath to live their dream in a detached property.
The noise from passing lorries is constant, Jackie claims (Image: Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)
The family viewed the property several times, but always on the quieter Saturday mornings, so were unaware of the issues.
Jackie said it’s a “beautiful property” but soon realised why the sellers agreed to drop the price by £25,000.
“I’m not saying we were duped, I think they [estate agents] should have been a little more forthcoming with the times they were allowing us to come see,” she explained.
“If it had been about 2pm, we would have said ‘what the hell’ and we wouldn’t have touched it with a barge pole.
“I’m not blaming the planners [either], but how they got planning permission to build a house so close to the road, I will never know.”
Jackie has called for immediate action, suggesting the speed limit should be dropped to 40mph for the 800m stretch near her and her neighbours’ homes.
A couple of speed cameras and crash barriers along their part of the A446 would also be a huge help, she said.
Warwickshire County Council said it is aware of the problems and will consider them ‘very carefully’ to recommend possible solutions.
A spokesperson said: “A meeting is currently being arranged with various stakeholders to discuss this.
“Obviously, there is no guarantee that it will be possible to provide any measures, but we will consider the issues raised very carefully and aim to recommend possible solutions.”