Browsing articles in "Noise Blog"
Apr
7
2014

CIEH noise statistics indicate health of our neighbourhoods

Every year the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health collect data on noise complaints and enforcement from local authorities, which informs policy in public health and environmental protection. Principal Policy Officer Howard Price sets out the purpose of the annual survey. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is calling on local authorities to undertake its annual noise survey and report numbers and type of noise complaints. Most recently, the annual noise survey has been the […]

Apr
2
2014

Raising awareness of mediation – Noise Action Week

Mediation North Surrey (MNS) work closely with the pollution service on noise related issues within the community of Elmbridge.  We also conduct neighbourhood mediation in Runnymede and Spelthorne. Mediation helps people explore their problems and is conducted in a safe confidential manner, to reach solutions acceptable to all parties without the added anxiety and expense of legal intervention. During last years’ Noise Action Week we were involved in “live tweeting” – raising awareness of our services […]

Mar
25
2014

Noise and Human Rights Regulation

Noise as a human rights issue often hits headlines – most recently in Copenhagen where residents won a case against construction work blighting their homes. Acoustic consultant and blogger on noise issues, Gwyn Mapp of Amledd, examines the evolution of human rights regulation and how this can be applied in noise cases. The topic of human rights receives a lot of negative coverage from some elements of the British press. This coverage has led to […]

Mar
17
2014

Listen to the scientists and protect your hearing

Its National Science and Engineering Week, and Dr Mike Goldsmith, scientist, acoustician and author, considers how his own history of noise exposure has affected his hearing health, and why we should all listen to scientists when it comes to the effect noise has on our hearing. As a scientist and noise historian, I have been known to look back with regret to those halcyon days, sometime after the Second World War, during which, when scientists […]

Mar
12
2014

Housing and anti social behaviour officers should act swiftly to tackle noise

Janine Green, ASB Practice and Projects Manager at the The Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) considers the challenge anti social noise presents. SLCNG is a national body for England and Wales consisting of over 300 member organisations, all sharing a responsibility for tackling anti social behaviour within our communities. Members manage around 75% of the housing stock and the role of SLCNG  is to help develop and promote best practice. Noise nuisance is […]

Feb
20
2014

Equity, ethics and public good – why we need noise regulation

Din from gyms, bars and brothels is nothing new – author and broadcaster David Hendy considers how the impact on society of global and historical soundscapes must inform our management of neighbourhood noise in today’s complex, crowded cities. A year ago, while recording my BBC Radio 4 series, I found myself at a busy road junction in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.  I could barely hear myself think, surrounded as I was by a […]

Feb
14
2014

Public and private services tackling neighbour noise

Noise Campaigner John Stewart, Chair of the UK Noise Association, offers an opinion on the services currently available to the public when it comes to resolving noise problems. If all local authorities were as good as the best, then far fewer people would be left with a neighbour noise problem.  The value of Noise Action Week is that it showcases best practice. That best practice also includes the best of the private sector.  Organisations like […]

Feb
12
2014

West Sussex Mediation Service on neutralising neighbour noise problems

Buzzing boilers, banging builders, loud sex – Nick Handley,  Service Co-ordinator for West Sussex Mediation Service, sets out the extent of noise referrals and how getting neighbours talking can encourage better neighbour relations – and could prevent problems arising.  Noise nuisance is the number one topic for referrals to West Sussex Mediation Service in relation to neighbour disputes, the core business of the charity. The 87 referrals received by the service in 2012/13 is the […]

Feb
11
2014

Horror of the unseen noisy neighbour

Pendie Wasswa is a freelance writer, human rights campaigner and mum of two – who has recently discovered the thin walls of city flats and  noise from anonymous neighbours. I love music, yes, but I LOATHE noise, however, I hate silence  – it makes me uncomfortable especially in a room of full of people. When I moved to Brighton, I thought I had made the right choice of having a good time within the vibrant, […]

Feb
4
2014

Councils risk losing control of late night noise during World Cup

The EPUK noise committee is concerned at yesterday’s government decision to re-consider a relaxation of licensing laws during the World Cup this summer – Vice Chair Gareth Hooper sets out the issues. The coalition government is at odds over licensing. Liberal Democrat Minister of State for the Home Office, Norman Baker, stated that there would be no automatic right to a late license during the World Cup for England games. However, David Cameron overruled him, […]

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