Apr
4
2017

DIY tips to keep your home quieter

With spring bank holidays ahead many of us are planning DIY jobs to refurbish or refresh our homes. This work is often noisy when underway. Also, the way we design and decorate our homes can have a big impact on how noisy our homes are and how they impact on our neighbours.  Noise from neighbours can drive us mad – but noise within our own homes can also be a problem.  Many people work or […]

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 […]

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
26
2016

Customers like Asda plan for quiet shopping time

The story of the supermarket manager who is introducing an hour for quiet shopping in his Asda store on a Saturday morning  has received widespread attention. Initially inspired by observing a mother struggling to shop with a boy with autism, the move has been met with overwhelming approval by other customers. Having talked to parents of children with autism, he wants to provide respite for shoppers and their carers, where increased sensitivity to noise makes […]

Apr
15
2016

Ten tips for cultivating quiet in the garden

Now is the time for getting to grips with the garden. Pottering in the garden can be peaceful, but power tools used for mowing, blowing and chopping can blight your whole neighbourhood with noise. Whether you have a small city space, a suburban garden or an allotment, if you’re pulling out the power tools ready for a session this week, remember gardens don’t have walls and your neighbours will hear what you’re doing. While power […]

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 […]

Apr
6
2016

New noise planning rule for commercial to residential development

Brighton's Blind Tiger Club - now reopened as a thriving bar

From today, 6 April 2016, planning legislation has been amended to ensure that noise impacts from nearby commercial activity is taken into consideration before change of use of an existing building from office to residential use can be carried out.  This amendment to the permitted development right brought in April 2013, is being welcomed by music industry campaigners who have blamed noise complaints for putting many small music venues under threat of closure. While Environmental […]