Want happier and healthier neighbourhoods?
Noise is never out of the news for long – whether it’s Brian May’s bother with Kensington basement builders or suburban dog owners being fined for neglecting barking pets.
The evidence against noise is clear – last year housing think tank Hact1 found noise has a greater impact on people’s happiness than vandalism or condensation.
A recent report on environmental groups2 found only 0.6% of their resource goes to tackling the local issues like noise, air and water pollution,and a Freedom of Information request found noise is the number one complaint to our councils, with over 200,000 complaints lodged3 in just 9 months of last year.
That represents quite a burden on council tax payers – so it’s in all our interests to reduce noise – prevention is a cost effective way to address noise problems.
During the week:
- Elmbridge Council will be launching a noise app
- Incommunities Housing and Bradford Council will be running local information points
- Cheltenham Borough Homes will be providing information around estates
- Ipswich Council are holding a fun day themed around noise
See our website for more activities and information on noise.
Noise Action WeekTM is co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK
NAW in Scotland: http://www.ep-scotland.org.uk/policy-focus/noise/
“Only £5.7m or 0.6% of the total spend by the groups went towards air, noise and water pollution, even though the evidence suggests this is costing Britain more than £10bn a year in healthcare costs, and together receive more complaints than anything else.”