Browsing articles in "Noise Blog"
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 […]

May
19
2015

Why Peabody housing are supporting Noise Action Week

Peabody housing in London's Whitechapel

Community Safety Officer at Peabody housing, Mel Serghides, explains why London’s oldest provider of social housing is supporting Noise Action Week, why they take noise seriously and how Peabody tackles noise as part of its work to build thriving communities. We all hear noise from neighbours from time to time – it’s part of everyday life and keeps our neighbourhoods vibrant. However, too much noise in the wrong place at the wrong time can cause […]

May
5
2015

Busking codes aim to keep peace on streets

Never mind the dawn chorus, at the start of summer increasing numbers of buskers come out of hibernation to entertain audiences on our streets.  While their sounds might delight passers by, street performers have potential to cause concern for listeners in neighbouring buildings – shops, buisnesses, homes – who are forced to listen – sometimes for hours on end.  Buskers are an integral part of the street scene in many city centres – bringing entertainment […]

Apr
23
2015

Do your council candidates care about noise?

With all the noise about the general election there is a risk of local councillors not being heard. It is your local council that has direct responsibility for dealing with neighbourhood noise. At a time when services are strained and budgets tight – check if yor council candidates care about keeping the peace in your area. It is a big issue in many towns and cities – and the biggest source of complaints that councils […]

Mar
20
2015

Live music, noise and neighbours

 In recent years extension of pub licensing hours and liberalisation of licensing for live music has meant that there are a much wider range of opportunities for musicians to perform. However, increasingly, with pressure for housing, and development of inner city brownfield sites, many places where music is played are faced with the prospect of residential neighbours. Many traditional live music venues established themselves in premises in former industrial areas of city centres, with few, […]

Mar
17
2015

Noise Action Week – reducing service costs

While it might seem like a lot of effort on top of everyday workloads, raising awareness of noise and promoting solutions to noise problems can save time and money. Research recently published by Defra analyses the cost to local authorities of investigating noise complaints. Drawing on CIEH noise complaint statistics and the time taken to investigate complaints it puts the cost to a local authority of investigating a noise complaint at between £130 and over […]

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 […]

Jun
13
2014

Can closer communities cure noise problems?

Noise in communities comes from many sources affecting all types of housing across all locations. Whether it’s poorly managed summer celebrations broadcast across the counties, urban venues and residents that shouldn’t be neighbours, or ill considered pastimes and parties – we can be disturbed and annoyed by noise where ever we are. This is why Noise Action Week, which aims to raise awareness of the issues and promote solutions, continues to be well supported by […]

May
19
2014

Noise and hidden hearing loss

Even moderate levels of noise (similar to a busy street) may damage hearing. Tracey Pollard is Research Programme Manager in the Biomedical research Team at UK charity Action on Hearing Loss. She tells us about ‘hidden hearing loss’ and some of the research Action on Hearing Loss is funding into noise-induced hearing loss. Hidden hearing loss Exposure to very loud sounds (such as a chainsaw) can permanently damage your hearing and cause significant hearing loss. […]

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