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May
10
2017

Neighbourhoods braced for post exam parties

Neighbourhoods around the country in university and college areas are relishing quiet time while students – from school kids to undergraduates – study for exams. However, anyone who lives near student housing knows that the peace could soon be shattered. Once exams are over its rightly time to relax – however noisy all night parties aren’t generally welcomed by neighbours – who may have young children, teenagers still studying, older people or those with health […]

Apr
18
2017

Community Protection Officers Keeping the Peace

In Nottingham, City Council enforcement teams have merged under the one service ‘Community Protection’.  Senior Community Protection Officer Wayne Hobbs manages a team of 10 Community Protection Officers and there are similar functions across the entire conurbation – in all  a 100 strong team covering the City. He gives us an insight into the work of these officers in keeping  these communities peaceful – especially where there is a high density of lively students. My […]

Apr
4
2017

DIY tips to keep your home quieter

Did you know that our interior design and decoration can have a big impact on how noisy our homes are? Noise from neighbours can drive us mad – but noise within our own homes can also be a problem.  With many people working from home, studying, or for anyone want just wanting to enjoy some quiet time with a book, open plan living with stripped floors and minimalist décor can make your living space louder. […]

May
27
2016

Tackling background noise in restaurants, cafes and pubs

People of all ages can find it difficult to communicate in restaurants, cafés and pubs where background noise can reach very high levels – whether it be music or the general clatter caused by the acoustics of the space. Luke Dixon, campaigner at Action on Hearing Loss, outlines the problem and calls on managers of  spaces made for socialising to make sure noise levels make them  fit for social interaction.   For many of us, dining […]

May
24
2016

Planning an Event? Why You Need to Keep the Noise Down

When planning outdoor events in the summer its crucial to consider noise – to protect health of workers and keep the peace with neighbours. Here are some tips on avoiding noise problems from professional event planners. Summer is fast approaching and the outdoor events season is gearing up. If you’re involved in planning an event, it’s crucial to ensure noise isn’t so loud that it’s a potential threat to the hearing of those working at […]

May
11
2016

Lords endorse a quiet late night drink for Queen’s 90th birthday

Following a short discusion last week the House of Lords agreed to endorse the extension of pub opening hours for two hours beyond 11pm, for the Queen’s official birthday of June 10th and 11th. The view was presented that this would save the time and expense of pubs wishing to mark the occassion applying for Temporary Event Notices to extend their hours. This debate has been seen before – when extended licensing was approved for […]

May
4
2016

Post exam party noise – ten ways to avoid waking the neighbours

It’s that time of year when students of all ages need quiet time as they knuckle down to study for exams. A survey earlier this year found that noise from housemates causes annoyance for flats sharers – which may be a surprise to families and working people living in neighbourhoods where late night noise from shared student accommodation often keeps them awake! We should all be able to have fun – but late night loud […]

Apr
15
2016

Ten tips for cultivating quiet in the garden

During National Gardening Week, we’re encouraging all gardeners to consider when and how they carry out potentially noisy jobs. Now is the time for reviving neglected hedges, lawns and beds, and while gardening is often a peaceful activity, the increased availability of power tools for many jobs once undertaken manually might make life easier – but can also turn your gardening session from peaceful potter into mechanical mayhem. So, whether you have a small city […]

Apr
13
2016

Could Night Mayors be the dream answer to 24 hour cities?

With the night time economy seen as the saviour of many cities – would Night Mayors bring harmony between the sleepless and those wanting to sleep? With the late night bars, buses, kebab shops and clubs that keep our cities lively we also get noise. How can the sleep rneeds of workers (maybe the cleaners and street sweepers who rise as the revellers head to bed) be reconciled with the lifestyles of 24 hour party […]

May
21
2015

Noise complaints to local councils – the numbers

A survey of noise complaints to local councils was recently undertaken by Noisenuisance.org.  the website is maintained by a few qualified and experienced environmental health professionals who volunteer in their spare time to help noise sufferers.   Micheal Eade looks at the findings. Noisenuisance.org recently published some of the findings into a survey  undertaken in 2014  into local authority noise complaints. The study prompted an 88% response rate from local authorities and provides a comprehensive insight […]

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