Browsing articles by "Campaigns Team, Author at Noise Action Week"
May
28
2021

Why natural noise is good for our health

Being away from the noisy clamour of crowds and traffic is relaxing and restorative for mind and body. As we head into a bank holiday weekend, certified Nature Therapy Guide Holly Barber, aka the Ecomonkey, ponders why natural noise is good for our health I’ve often heard people say that they love the peace and tranquility of time spent out in nature – perhaps in a woodland, a meadow or on a deserted beach – […]

May
27
2021

Reducing the noise impact of outdoor socialising

We look at how we can keep the sounds of summer fun at a reasonable volume as we ease out of lockdown. Much of our socialising is still outdoors and this means more noise outside. This noise can be disturbing and annoying for people who live and work near venues and events. Restrictions during the last year meant changes to the way we enjoy food, drink and events. Our social lives largely moved outside to […]

May
26
2021

Managing barking by being #DogKind

Barking is one sign that your dog is suffering when left alone. The RSPCA fear dogs, especially those bought during the pandemic, may suffer separation anxiety as people return to work and social activities. Carrie Stones, Behaviour Change Campaign Manager at RSPCA, examines the issue. Many of us relate to the issues caused by barking dogs – as dog owners or neighbours of a dog that barks. At the RSPCA we often receive reports of […]

May
25
2021

Resolving anti-social noise

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) comprises a range of behaviours causing nuisance and annoyance or harm and distress to someone. It is a wide range of unacceptable activity including noise nuisance. Sharon McLoughlin, Head of Professional Practice at RESOLVE, considers the impact anti social noise can have and ways to manage cases. Noise is by far the highest reported case type of ASB. One in three cases of ASB are noise nuisance. Even when noise is not […]

May
24
2021

Neighbour noise during lockdown

One year ago the UK started taking steps out of the first COVID-19 national lockdown. Advice to stay at home saw massive reductions in road , rail and air traffic – and in traffic noise. John Bynorth, Policy and Communications Officer at EPS Scotland considers the impact of lockdown on neighbour noise. Last Spring, UK Government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland issued ‘stay-at-home’ messages. As well as lack of traffic, […]

May
24
2021

EPUK call for more support for local council noise professionals

During Noise Action Week1 Environmental Protection UK2 are highlighting the need to support the essential work of environmental health professionals (EHPs) on the front line tackling noise in our neighbourhoods. Currently 19% of EHPs – roughly 664 – specialise in environmental protection (which includes noise and air pollution) – that’s 1 – 2 specialist EHPs per local authority in England. These are the findings of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) recent workforce survey3. In […]

May
14
2021

Reducing noise annoyance around pavement pubs, bars and restaurants

With hospitality venues allowed to host larger groups of people as lockdown restrcictions ease – we’ve produced a quick guide for venues and reminder to customers to help avoid causing noise problems for nearby neighbours – who may be at home resting, working or isolating. Planning guidelines have been relaxed for now, allowing premise to use outside spaces for seating and maintain social distancing. This is keeping customers safe, reducing risk of transmission of covid […]

May
13
2021

Keeping the peace as we ease out of lockdown – Noise Action Week 2021

For over 20 years EPUK has co-ordinated an annual initiative to raise the profile of unhealthy noise and the impact it has on our physical and mental health. We took a quiet break at the height of the pandemic last year but are pleased to say we’re back! Noise Action Week is Back! 24th – 29th May After a quiet break during the pandemic Noise Action Week is back! The campaign coincides with lockdowns easing […]

May
19
2019

Noise Action Week 2019 – reduce the impact of unhealthy noise

Noise Action Week Work Cloud

We’ve all been affected by annoying and unhealthy noise – from neighbours, transport, pets and even others in our own homes. Noise Action Week 2019 – 20 – 25 May – gives local councils, housing providers and acoustics professionals the opportunity to promote solutions to noise problems that impact on our health Noise pollution is: recognised by the Chief Medical Officer in England as second only to air pollution in damaging public health. the pollutant […]

Oct
10
2018

New WHO Noise levels aim to protect health from transport, leisure and wind turbine noise

congested motorway traffic

Exposure to loud or annoying noise has long been associated with disturbance, stress and anxiety, so its fitting that the new World Health Organisation(WHO) Environmental Noise Guidelines for Europe are published today, World Mental Health Day. Noise is not just an annoyance, and these new guidelines document stronger evidence of the impacts noise exposure can have on our cardiovascular and metabolic health. WHO rank environmental noise as a serious threat to public health, second only […]