Apr
19
2018

Use Noise Action Week to tackle noise complaints say DAERA Northern Ireland

The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs say that activities during Noise Action Week are one of the best ways to tackle neighbour noise in Northern Ireland. They also recommend education, through the Noise Statistics Report, and the general work of district councils, to be appropriate ways of preventing noise issues. This advice is offered with publication of noise complaint statistics showing complaints in Northern Ireland rose by 13% last year. Noise Complaint Statistics […]

Apr
17
2018

Design guidance could reduce noise and environmental impact of roads – new report

congested motorway traffic

Reducing road transport noise is one of the environmental improvements called for in a new report published by the Campaign for Better Transport(CfBT). “Roads and the Environment” is, they say, a ‘source book of ideas for making our roads, old and new, fit more sensitively into the landscapes and ecosystems through which they pass’. The report draws on case studies, and uses examples of improvements to existing roads that could make our road network better […]

Apr
17
2018

Westminster Council charter to tackle noise from nightly lets

Many homeowners – particularly in areas popular with tourists – let their homes for a few nights or weeks to make some extra money. Most of the time this works for both visitors and homeowners. However, in some cases casual lets can cause noise and nuisance problems for neighbours. Earlier this year, the problem was highlighted in Liverpool, where student accommodation is now let to summer party people. This led councillors to pass a motion […]

Apr
10
2018

Music venues, noise and neighbours

Live music venue

Headlines in local and national press often blame noise complaints for the closure music venues. There are times when a venue and its neighbours can’t coexist – but planning and building good relationships can go a long way towards enabling peaceful coexistence between entertainment premsies and neighbours. Noise Action Week is an opportunity for local authorities, venues, performers and neighbours to listen to each other when it comes to noise and create a healthy community […]

Mar
21
2018

Noise Action Week 2018 – Reducing the health impacts of noise pollution

Noise Action Week 2018 offers a timely opportunity for those involved in noise management to raise awareness of the cost of noise to our health and promote practical ways to prevent noise. This includes local councils, housing providers and acoustics professionals as well as communities blighted by noise. Noise pollution is now recognised by the Chief Medical Officer in England as second only to air pollution in damaging public health. She also says noise is […]

Mar
21
2018

Reducing the health impacts of noise pollution – Noise Action Week 2018

Noise Action Week 2018 offers a timely opportunity for everyone involved in noise management – including local councils, housing providers, acoustics professionals as well as communities blighted by noise – to raise awareness of the cost of noise in our neighbourhoods to our health.   The week is also an opportunity for those involved in activities with the potential to cause noise problems – whether its building work or a music event – to demonstrate they’re […]

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 […]

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