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Mar
31
2015

Bikers encouraged to Ride Quiet

Motor cycles often cause anti social noise problems – especially when exhausts are tampered with to achieve powerful sounding noise. The International  Motorcycle Federation is recognising the need for motor cycle sport enthusiasts to keep the noise down and avoid annoyance to neighbours. They have produced a Ride Quiet campaign and are encouraging their networks to promote quieter riding, saying: “Very often, the sound produced by motorcycle activities can become a nuisance to people living […]

Mar
17
2015

Pickles evidence on over-zealous noise enforcement flimsy

In February EPUK, CIEH and the Noise Abatement Society wrote to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles with a Freedom of Information request,  asking for evidence to support his assertion implying that local authorities have been misusing their powers when enforcing noise laws. In a  statement made on 2nd February Mr Pickles was quoted as saying `In recent years, too many town halls have been over-zealous in trying to silence church bells and village clocks which have […]

Feb
5
2015

Noise Action Week 2015 needed – government research shows

Research published by the government last week showed that more people than ever are bothered by noise. Nearly half the people surveyed said their home life is spoilt by noise to some extent and one in five reported their sleep is disturbed by noise. This makes Noise Action Week 2015, which aims to raise awareness of noise problems and promote practical solutions to noise, more important than ever this year. The week runs from 18th […]

Apr
17
2014

Quiet night delivery guide rejected by noise specialists

The pros and cons of night-time freight deliveries have been hotly debated between industry, government departments and professional and lobbying groups concerned with noise for a number of years. But the latest contribution by the Department for Transport is, unfortunately, set to be rejected says Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer at CIEH, as the Noise Abatement Society and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have this week united in criticising proposed revised Guidance.  This new […]

Mar
11
2014

Reducing noise complaints from licensed premises – Elmbridge BC noise code

Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey used Noise Action Week promotion to launch development of  their scheme to manage noise from licensed premises. Paul Leadbeater, Principal Environmental Health Officer outlines how this scheme and a Noise Toolkit is helping to keep the peace between neighbours. The Elmbridge BC Noise Code for Licensed Premises (NCLP) was originally launched for consultation during Noise Action Week 2012. This launch took place at a well attended event for the borough’s […]

Mar
6
2014

Planning, noise, nuisance and the balance of interests

Micheal Eade is an experienced environmental health practitioner with a background in law. With the publication this week of  long awaited Planning Practice Guidance,  he uses recent cases to examine the role of planning in preventing noise problems in mixed developments. So often complaints of noise come about as a consequence of conflict between the proximity of residential property to commercial or industrial premises. To a certain extent, different land uses and activities need to […]

May
11
2013

For Local Authorities: Noise Enforcement Survey informing Public Health

Reminder to all local authority noise teams to return their figures on noise complaints and enforcement by the end of July. The Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH) – collect data on behalf of Defra.  With noise now part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework it is more important than ever to get a detailed reflection of the extent that noise is impacting on individuals and communities. Log on to complete the survey here.  

May
11
2013

Injunction Powers – Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

In the Queen’s Speech last week the Crime and Anti – Behaviour Bill was announced. There are a number of measures in the Bill that impact on noise and anti-social behaviour that is often associated with, or a cause of, noise. In particular the Bill contains an new potential power of ’Injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance’. This is a civil power which can be used against anyone over the age of 10 – in […]

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