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train noise

On 21 May 2012 at 2:35pm Ben wrote:
Anyone know how much noise you can hear from trains in Southover area (Dorset Rd area). Thinking of moving there.
On 21 May 2012 at 9:01pm Choo choo wrote:
Some !
On 21 May 2012 at 11:43pm Ivor wrote:
Whoosing noises too (and a little vibration)
On 22 May 2012 at 2:00am Peasant wrote:
That is the wretched Glyndebourne turbine, Ivor
On 22 May 2012 at 8:20am Pete wrote:
Only one place to live in Lewes, and that's The Nevill !! No noises up here (except on Nov 5th and 2 weeks before), plenty of fresh air, and great views.
On 22 May 2012 at 10:02am brixtonbelle wrote:
You'll probably be more aware of the A27 than the trains.
On 22 May 2012 at 11:02am Pete wrote:
Nope, not a sound...other than the birdies.
On 22 May 2012 at 12:54pm ben wrote:
Thanks guys,
Its the horns i'm worried about mainly.....do they blow loud and often ie when
entering the tunnel under High St?
On 22 May 2012 at 12:59pm ben wrote:
And... any other problems associated with Southover? It looks pretty damn good
on the surface.
Pete, i like the Nevill but its too far from the station for my needs.
On 22 May 2012 at 1:26pm Local wrote:
The tannoy announcing trains is pretty loud!
On 22 May 2012 at 1:59pm Early bird wrote:
Ah, but they don't use the tannoy until quite late in the day, around 7:30 am I think ;-).
I live just off Lansdown Place and all I can hear is the occasional screeching of steel on steel as the trains come round the bend. Nothing passes through Lewes at any kind of speed, and I have never heard them sound a horn.
On 22 May 2012 at 1:59pm Southover Queen wrote:
Southover's fab, ben. And you won't get much closer to the station than Dorset Road! I think if I was really worried I'd go there at the time the London train departs and listen and see whether I could live with it.

Like any community there are areas which have unexpected noise problems, and it's certainly true that for property to the south of Southover High Street the A27 is a significant source of it. To the north of the High Street it's nowhere near as intrusive.
On 22 May 2012 at 8:33pm Brussel Sprout wrote:
You might want to check out the flood risk if you're buying a place..... I'm not sure of the exact areas of the last big flood (2000) but the Station itself was flooded so I guess Dorset Road was too?
On 22 May 2012 at 9:47pm ben wrote:
Thanks Brussel, I dont suppose anybody here knows if Dorset Road got flooded,
the basements are below street level, level with Tanners brook.
On 22 May 2012 at 11:09pm Local wrote:
The low side of the street did, the high side didn't.
Across the town you can tell which houses flooded by looking at the details of each property on the LDC website; the 'constraints' section will include reference to the flood including possibly details of increased likelihood of flooding odds /% risk. The environment agency website also includes info on this.
Don't forget that insurers charge more if nearby streets flooded even if the house didn't, due to eg electricity sub-stations flooding and causing other, wider, problems and claims.
On 22 May 2012 at 11:38pm ben wrote:
Thanks. I guess all low side of Dorset rd got wet as they are all in a terrace?
It could happen again do you think? I know they cleaned the culverts but
is that enough?
On 23 May 2012 at 7:56am Pete wrote:
Get up onto the Nevill Ben, there's a regular early morning bus to get you to the station if you need to...
On 23 May 2012 at 10:32am Local wrote:
Who knows, but the risk put me off that road a while back...
On 23 May 2012 at 11:27am Brussel Sprout wrote:
When I was house hunting I called up the environment agency for a chat. What they had to say put me right off any of the flood areas. I can't remember the exact words and I won't try to paraphrase but basically the risk is going to get worse. I ended up buying in Wallands, safely up the hill. If I were you I'd give them a call and check it all out thoroughly before deciding. I agree the proximity to the station is very useful but Lewes is not a vast place so nowhere is that far away!
On 23 May 2012 at 11:38am No wrote:
i Get up onto the Nevill Ben, there's a regular early morning bus to get you to the station if you need to...
Getting back might be more of a problem, as there aren't any buses after 6ish. The 20--25 minute walk up teh hill to the Nevill after an hour back on the train from London... no thanks. Plus you can forget any popping out for a quick pint at your local.
On 23 May 2012 at 12:54pm Under water wrote:
Have started a separate thread about insurance costs to Lewes homeowners on the flood plain - costs are about to increase dramatically potentially making houses unsellable.
On 23 May 2012 at 3:32pm Pete wrote:
No - there's a bus around 5 and then around 7 up to the Nevill, or you could catch any Brighton bus from the High Street to the Prison and then 5 mins walk up Nevill Road. AND, it's only 12 minutes 34 seconds to walk to the Pelham Arms, and even quicker to the Blackhorse !! AND, the Chalkpit is less than 10 minutes away as well.
On 23 May 2012 at 3:55pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think the last bus from town is closer to 6.30 than 7 now, Pete. And unless you're lucky enough to work near a mainline station, the first bus isn't early enough (according to a man down the road from me).
Maybe the residents should start a commuters' car club so that partners could do a drop off and collect service on a rota basis!
On 23 May 2012 at 6:31pm Ivor wrote:
Although Southover is aesthetically pleasing and close to the station, it suffers the most terrible constant noise from the A27.
The St Pancras area (confusingly also called Southover by people who aspire to living in Southover proper) is located in more of a hollow and, thus, sufffers less traffic noise.
BTW, apart from two properties, all the houses in Tanner's Brook flooded in 2000.
On 23 May 2012 at 7:40pm ben wrote:
Ivor thanks for the info. I thought Dorset Rd was Reasonably quiet compared to
some roads (apart from some train noise) with ref to A27. But this thread
has now highlighted the flooding issue for the row on the lower side which have basement kitchens which are level with Tanners Brook. These must have flooded?
I cant get a definite answer from EA or LDC all they say is "yes they are at risk"
Grateful if anyone knows the answer for sure.
On 23 May 2012 at 10:54pm Local wrote:
Most if not all of the low side of Dorset Road flooded to some extent. There were flood maps on the EA website which showed that quite clearly - they're still be there!
(It was 'extreme flood' in 2000.)
Look on nethouseprices.com for houses that haven't sold since 2000, and knock on those doors and ask the owners. When you have your answers, ask the estate agents involved and see if they lie to you.
On 23 May 2012 at 11:30pm Ben wrote:
Thanks Local,
I'm already looking elsewhere. Any info on de Montfort terrace? Sure as hell
shouldnt be a flood risk or train noise, ......don't tell me....earthquakes!
Not much comes up for sale there though.
On 23 May 2012 at 11:38pm Ivor wrote:
Dorset Road seems quite quiet (again, situated in a hollow). I have a couple of friends in that road and do not recall any problems with flooding (they are situated some feet (10+) above Tanner's Brook
On 24 May 2012 at 1:14pm brixtonbelle wrote:
We viewed two houses on de montford terrace. don't let them tell you they are 4 bed houses, they most definitely are not ! The problem there is that you will get drifting road noise from the A27. But TBH, unless you are buying down in Cluny street or lower parts of Winterbourne, I don't think anywhere in central Lewes is particularly badly affected by ambient road/rail noise. I would find the house you like then go and stand outside it at diff times of day and climatic conditions to assess how much it bothers you. You might want to look at Pells area (but some flood risk although some houses are higher up)
On 24 May 2012 at 3:17pm Local wrote:
De Mont is a busy slalom-ing rat-run at certain times...
Planners are very fussy about the long terrace of matching houses, and some of the planning applications there seem to attract the most shocking bile-filled comments from near neighbours...

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