May
18
2017

Party manifestos quiet on noise

While noise impacts everyone in their daily (and nightly) lives, and is increasingly linked to poor heatlh, it is rarely a  matter for national concern. However noise concerns fill the inboxes of local councillors and sometimes MPs. Planning, transport, community policing, licensing, green space and neighbourhood policies all impact on our noise environment. We’ve taken a quick look at the Consevative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos to identify any implications for future noise environment in […]

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
11
2017

Turn it down for Noise Action Week

Noise Action Week 2017 – 22 – 27 May Turn it down for Noise Action Week With recent research showing that loud music and TV are our most complained about noises, the annual Noise Action Week co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK1 remains as relevant as ever. Noise Action Week2 aims to raise awareness of the impacts of noise in neighbourhoods, the simple solutions to noise pollution and services available to help manage noise problems. Local […]

Apr
11
2017

Clooneys compensate neighbours for construction noise

It is welcome, but rare, to see a story of wealthy celebrities compensating their neighbours (very generously) for noise and disruption caused by building work. Press reports this week that reveal George and Amal Clooney compensated near neighbours while noisy disruptive work to their home was undertaken.  Their apology included a holiday in Corfu, six week stay in a hotel, rental cottage and vacuum cleaner (presumably a low noise one, to deal with dust?). This […]

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
9
2016

Noise retained as public health indicator

Noise Action Week welcomes the continued inclusion of noise exposure as an indicator of public health in the revised Public Health Outcomes Framework, published today by the Department of Health.   These indicators are intended to be used to inform decisions impacting on public health.  There are three public health indicators for noise are based on information currently collected, covering people affected by transport noise and the rate of complaints about noise to local authorities. Noise […]

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