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Oct
10
2018

New WHO Noise levels aim to protect health from transport, leisure and wind turbine noise

congested motorway traffic

Exposure to loud or annoying noise has long been associated with disturbance, stress and anxiety, so its fitting that the new World Health Organisation(WHO) Environmental Noise Guidelines for Europe are published today, World Mental Health Day. Noise is not just an annoyance, and these new guidelines document stronger evidence of the impacts noise exposure can have on our cardiovascular and metabolic health. WHO rank environmental noise as a serious threat to public health, second only […]

May
23
2018

Project DeStress – mapping quiet urban outdoor areas

Shhhh!!! Project DeStress, run by Dr Sarah Payne at Heriot-Watt University, is a research project exploring quiet urban outdoor places and their health-promoting properties. For creating healthy, sustainable societies, preserving quiet can be just as important as reducing noises Project DeStress aims to raise awareness to the public, practitioners, and stakeholders about the important value of quiet places in cities. Step one in this project is to identify where and what the public think quiet areas […]

May
23
2018

London parks – oases of calm or noisy and polluted places

Relaxing in a London Park

New research shows a third of London’s parks are severely impacted by traffic noise. At the beginning of this week CPRE London (the London branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England) published the results of a survey of traffic noise in 885 London parks. Neil Sinden and Alice Roberts of CPRE London summarise the findings. This report – “Traffic Noise in London Parks” marks the launch of a new campaign by CPRE London called Tranquil […]

May
22
2018

Aircraft noise and health – two new UK studies underway

That noise from transport sources affects our health is acknowledged by the World Health Organisation and the Chief Medical Officer for England. Expansion of airports and the reduction of the night time quiet period means more of us could be exposed to aircraft niose for longer.  John Gulliver, Professor of Environmental and Exposure Sciences at University of Leicester gives and overview of the impacts of transport noise and introduces new studies into the health effects […]

Apr
30
2018

Shared homes students and noise

In recent weeks we’ve come across several stories where students living in shared houses – HMOs – are causing noise problems in communities. In  Durham  regular student parties have led to residents changing the rooms they sleep in to avoid noise. One is even reported to be sleeping in his bath in an effort to get some peace. In Brighton residents are calling for tighter regulation on houses occupied by students to reduce the blight […]

Apr
19
2018

Use Noise Action Week to tackle noise complaints say DAERA Northern Ireland

The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs say that activities during Noise Action Week are one of the best ways to tackle neighbour noise in Northern Ireland. They also recommend education, through the Noise Statistics Report, and the general work of district councils, to be appropriate ways of preventing noise issues. This advice is offered with publication of noise complaint statistics showing complaints in Northern Ireland rose by 13% last year. Noise Complaint Statistics […]

Apr
17
2018

Design guidance could reduce noise and environmental impact of roads – new report

congested motorway traffic

Reducing road transport noise is one of the environmental improvements called for in a new report published by the Campaign for Better Transport(CfBT). “Roads and the Environment” is, they say, a ‘source book of ideas for making our roads, old and new, fit more sensitively into the landscapes and ecosystems through which they pass’. The report draws on case studies, and uses examples of improvements to existing roads that could make our road network better […]

Apr
17
2018

Westminster Council charter to tackle noise from nightly lets

Many homeowners – particularly in areas popular with tourists – let their homes for a few nights or weeks to make some extra money. Most of the time this works for both visitors and homeowners. However, in some cases casual lets can cause noise and nuisance problems for neighbours. Earlier this year, the problem was highlighted in Liverpool, where student accommodation is now let to summer party people. This led councillors to pass a motion […]

Apr
10
2018

Music venues, noise and neighbours

Live music venue

Headlines in local and national press often blame noise complaints for the closure music venues. There are times when a venue and its neighbours can’t coexist – but planning and building good relationships can go a long way towards enabling peaceful coexistence between entertainment premsies and neighbours. Noise Action Week is an opportunity for local authorities, venues, performers and neighbours to listen to each other when it comes to noise and create a healthy community […]

Mar
21
2018

Reducing the health impacts of noise pollution – Noise Action Week 2018

Noise Action Week 2018 offers a timely opportunity for everyone involved in noise management – including local councils, housing providers, acoustics professionals as well as communities blighted by noise – to raise awareness of the cost of noise in our neighbourhoods to our health.   The week is also an opportunity for those involved in activities with the potential to cause noise problems – whether its building work or a music event – to demonstrate they’re […]

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