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How To Guide
Promoting Practical Solutions
to Everyday Noise Problems
www.noiseactionweek.org.uk
Noise Action Week is coordinated by :
Working for a cleaner, quieter, healthier world since 1898
Registered Charity 221026
Who is Involved?
Noise Action Week is coordinated by Environmental Protection UK (formerly NSCA), the
national membership based charity supporting the work of professionals in pollution control. We
have been working for a cleaner, quieter, healthier world since 1898. We work towards better
management and reduction of noise problems through policy development and education.
Noise Action Week is promoted at local level by local authorities, mediation services, housing,
community, and education organisations. We are working in partnership to promote a
harmonious and healthy society.
For more information:
Visit: www.noiseactionweek.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01273 878770
Noise Action Week is coordinated by:
Environmental Protection UK
44 Grand Parade
Brighton
BN2 9QA
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01273 878770
Fax: 01273 606626
www.environmental-protection.org.uk
Registered Charity 221026
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Why Promote Noise Action Week?
Noise Action Week gives everyone involved in managing noise problems the opportunity to focus
public and media attention on the difficulties excessive noise can cause for us all at home, at
work, at study and at leisure.
Noise affects everyone s quality of life at some time. Noise problems are frequently solved by
communication between neighbours, by promoting noise control services to the public, and by
simple, practical solutions. Raising awareness of noise can be fun and the week provides an
essential focus for their noise management work and the opportunity to carry out innovative,
enjoyable and valuable events.
Noise Action Week
Encourages us all to consider the noises we make, the noise that bothers us, and what
can be done to reduce them.
Provides an opportunity for local authorities, housing, mediation and other services to
inform the public of the services available to help people tackle noise problems.
Promotes communication and consideration between neighbours.
Aims to educate and inform noise makers and noise sufferers about the impact noise can
have on our everyday lives.
Promotes practical solutions to everyday noise problems.
Research shows that over a quarter of us
are bothered, annoyed or disturbed by
noise from neighbours, and one million
people have moved because of
noisy neighbours.
Environmental Protection UK
National Noise Survey 2008
Lancaster by Martin Edmondson
Get Involved!
Whether you decide to carry out activities throughout the week, or just for one day, Noise Action
Week allows you flexibility in choosing an appropriate time to raise awareness of noise that can
fit around other commitments and/or generate maximum impact.
This guide provides advice on how to manage a successful initiative to raise awareness of noise
issues during Noise Action Week. It suggests ways you can promote a healthy attitude to noise
and good neighbour relations, illustrates work that has been tried and tested by previous
participants, and presents ideas for new areas that can be tackled.
If you want further advice on coordinating a Noise Action Week activity, Environmental Protection
UK can help and put you in touch with organisers of successful promotions.
An excellent opportunity to promote the problems noise can cause and encourage
good citizenship, as well as having lots of fun! Aberdeen City Council
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Where Do I Start?
Working Together
If you want to help raise awareness of the services available to resolve noise problems, and the
practical measures that can be taken, think about who you could work with to do this:
Internal partners colleagues, management, other departments
External partners related organisations, institutions, agencies
Building partnerships between local agencies, community groups, noise control professionals
and/or educational establishments can help you manage a successful initiative through
spreading cost and workload, and increase co-operation and understanding between all involved
in tackling noise problems.
Very useful and an
opportunity to work in partnership with other
interested parties. Middlesbrough Council
Build a Sound Strategy
In managing a successful initiative communication is the key let colleagues, managers,
communications teams and potential partners know what you would like to do and why.
Local Authorities and Mediation Services - If you are a local authority or
mediation service, Noise Action Week can raise the profile of your work in the short term,
and in the longer term contribute to education and awareness raising and work towards
managing future problems.
Housing Associations - For housing organisations, informing tenants about remedies
for noise problems and raising awareness of the impact of household noise can help
build better relationships between neighbours and within communities.
Schools - In schools, education on noise can contribute to general education on
citizenship and health.
Noise Experts - For noise experts/acousticians, helping with noise promotions by
demonstrating monitoring or loaning equipment can raise your profile too.
Preston City Council said no to noise for Sovereign Hoiusing Association held a local
Noise Action Week 2008 community event for Noise Action Week 2007
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Focus on Themes
How do you decide what to do?
Brainstorm ideas with colleagues
and / or partners you can generally raise
awareness of noise, or focus on a
particular theme.
Local issues Consider the types of
noise that are a problem in your area, by
numbers of complaints and/or feedback
from service providers, and ways in which
you can go about highlighting these.
Skills Consider the interest/expertise of Noise from pubs and clubs is causing increased
yourselves and any partners involved. distubance since the smoking ban
Resources Consider the resources likely to be available to you and any opportunities
likely to arise - this might determine the most effective route you can take.
Linked activities Are there any other events you can use for promotion? Are there
any new publications, services or initiatives planned that can be used?
Specialists Do you have professional and/or personal contacts who can help you
reach your intended target audience - schools, colleges, tenants groups, dog trainers,
acousticians etc.
National action You may wish to link your activities with national action to protect
areas from the impacts of noise for example the preparation of noise action plans to
reduce noise from airports, rail, road and major cities, or designation of quiet areas.
Resources
How much resource do you have in respect of staff time and budget?
Time Noise Action Week participants report that it can take as little as a couple of days
staff time plus time for promotional work on the day (or days), to run a successful
initiative. If you are very short of time offering to do a local radio phone-in or
encouraging local press to focus on noise problems during the week can be a valuable
contribution.
Budget The majority of participants do not have a specific budget for this work, but
use resources available from existing publicity and equipment budgets.
Free support Environmental Protection UK provide a range of free resources,
including a number of online resources, information and downloadable graphics; our
information leaflets on noise are available to help you carry out activities during Noise
Action Week, and throughout the year.
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Promotion
How do you let people know about your activities?
Proactive promotion is essential! A display in an office, foyer or window might be observed by
visitors, but however eye catching is unlikely to really make a memorable impact. A personal
approach is most effective for you as well as your target audience. It may require more
involvement and planning, but can be rewarding as well as enjoyable.
Get out and about whether it is on the street, on the radio, in the press, to tenants
groups, community groups, in schools or other establishments, talking to people is the
most effective way to get your message across.
Display Noise Action Week posters and provide information on noise where they
will be seen by your target audience.
Keep other groups informed let other groups with an interest in noise know what
you are doing. They might not have signed up to support the work initially, but if they see
you are doing something worthwhile andinteresting, they may well join in.
Keep Environmental Protection UK informed we can help promote your
activities by including details on our website and in national and local press releases.
Use your website if you have a website use it to promote your work, and make sure
your target audience are aware information is there.
Get publicity
> Use our pro forma press release to help get you started, available at
www.noiseactionweek.org.uk
> If you are a part of a large organisation with a PR department, let them know what you
are planning and keep them informed. They should be able to help and advise in
promotional work
> Put an article in your newsletter or that of your target group
> Set up a webpage to publicise your activities
See our Promotion Section for examples of previous promotional activities.
Don t get disheartened if the media aren t interested the press are fickle and a promise of
TV/radio coverage can often be withdrawn at the last minute if something deemed more news
worthy arises! The objective of Noise Action Week is to promote practical solutions to noise
problems to people. Column inches help enormously but cannot be relied on.
Stockton Advice Team, Noise Action Week 2007 London Borough of Southwark promoting Noise Action
Week 2008 at their local shopping centre
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Evaluation
It is important to evaluate your work. Quantitative feedback can be time consuming to collate and
analyse, but is worthwhile.
If you visit/give talks to schools or others,
issue them with a feedback form
If you have a stall, a quiz or competition
for visitors is one way of assessing
interest, as well as the amount of leaflets
etc distributed
For a radio phone-in you will be able find
out the number of calls taken
For any talks/workshops you run, provide
participants (teachers if a school) with Barking and Dagenham noise patrol display at the
evaluation forms local shopping centre for Noise Action Week 2007
Monitor press coverage (including the letters page) and any change in the number of
enquiries and website traffic you receive
Qualitative feedback is less straightforward to analyse, but can be extremely useful.
A discussion between your team and partners to assess reactions to your work and the
opinions of those involved
Talking to people targeted will establish whether they are finding the initiative interesting
and useful
Were friends, neighbours, or relatives aware of your Noise Action Week activities and
what did they think?
How do you think it went?
Feedback will be positive and negative. Environmental Protection UK evaluates Noise Action
Week through feedback forms, press coverage, calls to our office and talking to participants. An
annual awareness raising initiative on noise has now been established for 10 years, with
increasing support.
Enjoyable for staff and pupils alike.
Brought subject to prominence and life.
Derbyshire Dales DC
Events like this are invaluable for the pub-
lic, where they can receive help and advice.
Community Mediation Swindon
It was a fantastic week and made such
a pleasant change to be out in the Borough meeting
residents and working in partnership with police
and other organisations.
Castle Morpeth Borough Council
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Themes and Case Studies
Loud music, late night noise from pubs and clubs, alarms, barking dogs, car stereos, anti-social
noise, anti-social tenants, rowdy students, DIY noise these are all every day sounds that can
sometimes be too loud for too long.
You may decide to focus on a particular theme or a range of issues, or aim to reach a particular
audience for Noise Action Week. Once you have decided on your theme and audience, choose
where and when you can get your message across most effectively.
The following are suggestions of positive promotional activity that you can carry out. When and
where you choose to do this depends on the time and resources available to you, and what is
appropriate in your area.
The material and support I have received from the
team over the last couple of years has always been
Public Events excellent. City and County of Swansea Council
A great way of reaching the general public is to get out and talk to them. Whether you choose to
set up a public display or information stand, or use a mobile trailer or bus visiting local
shopping centres, town centres or supermarkets enables you to reach a wide range of people
and let them know about the services and information available to them for tackling noise. It is
also a great opportunity to get their input and attitudes and expectations.
Displays
In 2008 Torfaen County Borough Council held a public event with giveaways and children s
activities. They used a large screen to demonstrate the sound levels of an MP3 player compared
with everyday and industrial sounds, and gave advice on potential hearing damage and hearing
loss. Specsavers were also available to give free hearing tests.
Dundee and Angus Community Mediation Service set up an exhibition stand at their local
shopping centre during Noise Action Week 2008. As well as giving advice and information, they
ran an opinion survey on the use of mediation services, with a prize draw.
Dressing Up
The London Borough of Southwark s Creative
Design launched their Mighty Ears in 2008,
where staff dressed up in giant foam ear
costumes, wandering the streets, visiting
shopping centres, and talking to people about
the noise they make. They were accompanied
by town criers and the public were invited to sign
pledges to reduce their noise. Since the launch,
the Mighty Ears have also visited traveller sites,
housing estates and other busy places where
members of the community gather to spread the
message about keeping the noise down.
London Borough of Southwark launch their Mighty Ears
during Noise Action Week 2008
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Preston City Council gave noise the yellow card in 2008 A member of staff dressed as a
football referee and they held events at a local shopping centre and college, handing out credit
card sized yellow noise cards containing the Council's contact details should they be bothered by
noise. The cards were also distributed to the police, housing associations, doctors surgeries,
dentists and health centres, so that they could be given out to members of the public.
Going Mobile
For the past two years, the Tees Valley
Environmental Protection Group, (Stockton on
Tees, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool
and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Councils),
worked in partnership with Unite Mediation
service and shared the use of an advertising
trailer for the week, alongside their own local
events. In 2007 Stockton on Tees used the
week to launch their new guidance leaflet on
Controlling Outdoor Noise, and staff manned a
BBQ in the town centre, giving out advice on
noise issues and undertaking a noise survey.
North Lanarkshire Council promoting their new
night-time service during Noise Action Week 2007
North Lanarkshire Council used a media bus in 2007 to disseminate information to the public and
raise awareness of antisocial noise from domestic sources and barking dogs. The bus visited a
different town centre within the district each day of the week, giving out information and advice
regarding neighbour noise and dog barking complaints. They also used it to promote their night
time noise service playing a DVD that they had produced and handing out promotional goods
advertising the contact number for the night noise service.
Students
With the growing number of students reaching higher education over recent years, many cities
and towns are experiencing increasing concentrations of students and areas are
becoming studentified . In some cases this has led to an increase in complaints about antisocial
behaviour, including noise. Many local authorities have been working with local universities,
students, politicians, and communities to address the impacts and have set up initiatives such as
noise patrols.
Noise Action Week is a great opportunity to focus
local debate around studentification and launch or
highlight initiatives to address the issues
whether you choose to hold an event at the local
university or college, or work with local
enforcement teams or student unions to raise
awareness.
Further guidance on Studentification is
available on the Universities UK website:
www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/
Air guitar competition at Samuel Whitbread College
during Noise Action Week 2006
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Case Studies
Lincoln City Council carried out a range of activities in 2008, including events in the city square
with representatives from Lincoln University s Student Union, helping promote their work to
reduce problems with noise and anti-social behaviour from the student community. They
provided advice and used noise monitoring equipment to show how loud people could shout.
Doncaster Council set up a stand at Doncaster College in 2007, providing advice to students
about the impact of noise from loud music and nuisance motorbikes. There was also a prize draw
and students were asked to write down the song they would most miss if they lost their hearing.
A microphone was set up that allowed students to test the volume of their MP3 player the
loudest player was played at 116dB(A) and people were advised about hearing loss if the
volume was above 80dB(A).
Loud music and noisy parties were the focus of Northampton Borough Council s summer noise
campaign to reduce noise nuisance, launched during Noise Action Week 2006. Information packs
were sent to sixth forms, colleges and universities as well as local private landlords, containing
tips on how to hold a party without annoying the neighbours, facts and figures on noise nuisance
as well as posters for communal areas. A poster was also designed to raise awareness of
possible fines that can be imposed for persistent noisemakers, and put up in 50 locations around
Northampton during April and May 2006.
In 2006 the STOP group from the Samuel Whitbread Community College held an Air Guitar
Competition at the school, to engage teenagers in thinking about noise problems.
Schools
Educating school children about the impacts of noise
and solutions to noise problems is an effective way of
promoting good citizenship and investing in the future.
Many Noise Action Week participants focus on
activities with local schools running competitions
and quizzes, giving talks at assemblies, or holding
workshops demonstrating the workings of the ear and
how excess noise can damage hearing, as well as
noise impacts of their leisure activities.
Environmental Protection UK also offer a ranges of
Cardiff Council get children at Coed Glas
teaching resources which can help with activities,
School screaming in 2008
including:
Cartoons and colouring sheets available to download at
www.noiseactionweek.org.uk/resources
Teaching packs available at www.environmental-protection.org.uk/education
Travel Buster www.travelbuster.org.uk free teaching resource for key stage 2
Quieter Homes website www.quieterhomes.org advice on reducing noise in the home
Case Studies
Waterloo Housing Association visited Castle Bromwich Junior School as part of Noise Action
Week 2008 to talk to pupils about noise, how it makes people feel and ways to cut neighbour
noise. They used ideas from the Hear This! teaching pack to devise some classroom activities
including getting them to guess sounds played to them and to plot them on a decibel chart, role
play, and a neighbour noise game where they had to choose the actions they would take in
different scenarios. Children also talked about the sound survey they had carried out at home.
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Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council held assemblies at local
primary schools about the noises that can be heard on the way
to and from school, explaining the problems associated with
noise. Children in year 6 were asked to produce sound maps
of their schools by carrying out sound meter surveys. They
also ran a poem competition for all local primary schools,
encouraging the children to think about the every day noise
that affects them. The winning entries were published on the
council website.
Merstham Beaver Cubs invited noise specialists, Bruel and Kjaer, to their meeting during Noise
Action Week to measure just how loud twenty-four Beavers in an un-dampened tin scout hut are.
They measured who the loudest Beaver was and how many decibels they could produce.
Signers and people with impaired hearing were also invited along to show the Beavers that
shouting isn't the only way to communicate.
Blaby District Council held workshops at local primary schools where pupils learnt about the
different types, volumes, and causes of noise in fun and interactive ways including a shouting
competition, a noise game, a pre-recorded noise quiz and discussions on noises heard on the
way to school. They also ran a poster competition which was promoted at all primary schools
across the district, asking each child to design a poster depicting the different noises heard on
their way to school. The poster competition was judged by a councillor, with a prize of Ł10
CD/DVD voucher for the winner.
Bournemouth Council encourage pupils to turn down Waterloo Housing Association get children
their MP3 players for Noise Action Week 2008 drumming for Noise Action Week 2008
In 2007 children at Didcot Primary School took part in interactive workshops run by South
Oxfordshire District Council, demonstrating how hearing works, how to avoid hearing damage
and the problems noise damage can cause. The charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People were also
on hand to demonstrate how their trained dogs can help alert deaf owners to sounds, and there
was a 'shout off' using sound level meters to find the noisiest child in the school.
For Noise Action Week 2007, North Lanarkshire Council measured noise levels in playgrounds
within likely Candidate Noise Management Areas. Readings were taken with and without children
in the playground and pupils were also given a talk on noise and air quality.
In 2007 Huntingdonshire District Council visited local schools to show pupils their fun
experiments and perform their "Sound is essential, noise is a nuisance" presentation. They also
held a competition to write new words to the song "Smoke gets in your eyes" with the novel title
"Noise gets in your ears"! In 2008 they ran a poster competition promoting considerate
behaviour the winning entry is being used to promote their 2009 activities.
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Transport Noise
In our larger cities noise action planning is currently underway which will help work towards
reducing the impact of noise on city dwellers. Noise Action Week 2009 is a timely opportunity to
raise awareness of traffic noise and its impact on health.
Last year we worked in partnership with Walk to School Week, which included a Sound
Detectives theme. A number of local participants worked with local schools, encouraging children
to think about the noises they hear on their journey to and from school, and to demonstrate that
walking to school can reduce noise too. Activities included assemblies and discussions on the
noises children hear on their way to school and the impacts noise has on health, and producing
sound maps using sound meters.
We have also produced a new free online teaching resource aimed at raising awareness of the
impacts of travel on health, noise and air pollution www.travelbuster.org.uk
South Gloucestershire Council s Operation Torque for Travel Buster www.travelbuster.org.uk
Noise Action Week 2007 free online teaching resource for 7 - 11 year olds
Case Studies
A number of local authorities have worked with local police services to address noise from
mopeds and scooters. In 2007 Carrickfergus Borough Council set up an information stand in the
local Northern Ireland Housing Executive reception area and launched their scrambler motorbike
information booklet in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Police Service and Community
Safety Partnership.
South Gloucestershire Council ran a joint event with Avon and Somerset Police and the Vehicle
Operator Service Agency (VOSA) called Operation Torque, aimed at cracking down on people
riding illegal, unsafe and noisy mopeds and scooters. The Operation targeted mainly young and
vulnerable riders who were stopped by the Police and required to have their vehicles examined
and undertake a noise check.
Licensed Premises
Noise from licensed premises can be disruptive and cause suffering to people living nearby,
particularly late at night. With the extension of licensing hours and smoking bans coming into
force in 2007, coupled with increased powers for local authorities to tackle noise from licensed
premises under the Noise Act, many local coordinators have focused their Noise Action Week
activities on raising awareness of the impacts noise can have on nearby residents, and how they
can be minimised.
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Case Studies
Northampton Borough Council used Noise Action Week
2008 to encourage licensees and customers to help reduce
noise and its impact on people living nearby. For example
by making sure smoking areas were not close to residential
properties and putting up signs to remind customers to be
quiet and respect neighbours while smoking outside.
Mid Beds District Council Work Environment Team also
worked with licensees, making them aware of the new
enforcement powers. They produced a guidance leaflet on
controlling noise from Licensed Premises and sent a copy
to all licensed premises in the area, along with an advisory South Northants Beermat,
letter. They were also offered a free advisory visit at their Noise Action Week 2006
premises to discuss what they could do to reduce the
impact of noise from their premises.
Dudley Metropolitan District Council prepared a press release about one year after the smoking
ban , using the story to outline how the Council works to control the extra noise created by
people smoking outside licensed premises. Similarly, South Gloucestershire Council gave
landlords advice leaflets and small signs to put up outside in their smoking areas, and Kirklees
Council distributed free posters to licensed premises, aimed at encouraging smokers to
consider the noise they make when they are outside.
For Noise Action Week 2006 South Northants had a beer mat designed, aimed at encouraging
patrons to Keep the Noise Down and Respect Local Residents , which was
distributed to pubs in the area. Similarly, Gedling Borough Council teamed up with the Licensing
Enforcement Officer and Nottinghamshire Police working with pub landlords, giving advice,
helping to monitor specific premises, and informing the public. Posters and beer mats were used
as a reminder that noise after closing time can be very disruptive to local residents.
South Gloucestershire Council encouraged licensees to sign
up to their Leave Quietly Initiative in 2006 and by
demonstrating they had taken adequate steps to encourage
patrons to leave quietly, licensees were included on the
Considerate Pub list. Top ten tips for avoiding noise
problems were also produced, as well as a Leave Quietly
poster and a webpage.
Leeds City Council launched a poster campaign in local pubs
and clubs as part of Noise Action Week 2007, asking people
to respect local residents and keep the noise down if they
were going outside to smoke. Dudley Council worked with the
local Primary Care Trust and issued a leaflet to 500 licensed
premises in the area, advising them of the potential noise
problems arising as customers move outside to
continue smoking.
South Gloucestershire Council s Poster,
Noise Action Week 2006
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Tenants
In rented properties noise can cause particular problems. Some tenants have little respect for
their surroundings and neighbours, and poor sound insulation can exacerbate noise problems.
Many tenants feel that their landlords are not concerned about noise. Prove them wrong! Giving
sound advice and enforcing conditions of tenancy can help. Promote better communication
between tenants they are less likely to cause problems if they know each other.
If you are a housing association, invite a local mediation service or Council Officer to offer advice
to tenants during Noise Action Week. If you are a local authority, work with housing associations
and landlords in your area, offering advice on how to minimise noise. Use our resources to hand
out to tenants or show them our Quieter Homes website which demonstrates practical solutions
to everyday noise at home. www.quieterhomes.org
Case Studies
Dover District Council met with staff from local housing
associations for Noise Action Week 2008 to advise them on
legislation and let them know how they can help with noise
issues. They held meetings with the local tenants forum and
gave a talk at a local college.
Wales and West Housing Association worked with the local
Community Safety Partnership, Environmental Protection
Department, Public Protection Department, police, residents
associations, and other housing associations. They ran
trailer days with banners, giveaways and self-help
information. During the week the trailer, with noise monitoring
equipment and information and advice, was sited in two
locations where there are problems of anti-social behaviour.
The Dane Housing Group worked with Congleton Borough
Council and invited residents to a noise workshop to teach
Boston Borough Council Noise Action
them about what contributes to noise nuisance and the Week poster, produced in several
measures in place to tackle it. Residents were also shown the languages in 2008
Noise Action Week DVD (see our resources section) to
promote discussion.
Sovereign Housing Association worked with the
local environmental health department, other
registered social landlords, Neighbourhood
Wardens, Police, and the local mediation
service in 2007. They held a family fun event at
a local hall, with competitions and quizzes
about noise. There was also a drawing
competition for children, where they were asked
to draw what noise annoys them the most, and
assemblies at the local junior schools.
Sovereign Housing Association s family fun event for
Noise Action Week 2007
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Neighbourhood Officers from SPH Housing took to the estates in Watford, Stevenage, Enfield,
Islington, Brent, and Camden, and held a series of meetings throughout the week with residents,
handing out noise leaflets and giving sound advice. The action was well received with residents
who asked varied questions about noise and other concerns they had about anti-social
behaviour.
In 2007 Cardiff Council included an article in a local landlord newsletter about noise issues in
tenanted properties and disseminated a private sector letting and management agent
information pack, advising on noise and anti-social behaviour.
For Noise Action Week 2006 Leeds City Council designed a poster promoting the Noise Service
to all the city's high-rise flats. And Islington Council launched a new public brochure, developed
by the Islington Noise Forum, aimed at helping people deal effectively with unwanted noise in
their lives.
The event went down really well and hopefully
many of our residents know a little more about preventing
and dealing with noise nuisance than they did before.
SPH Housing 2008
Noise at Work
According to government figures, over 1 million people are exposed to dangerous noise levels at
work in Great Britain. The Noise at Work Regulations came into force in April 2006 and were
extended to cover the music and entertainment sectors in April 2008. The Regulations aim to
ensure workers hearing is protected at all times Noise Action Week is an opportunity to
reinforce the message to owners of entertainment venues that noise exposure needs to be
managed.
The Health and Safety Executive finalised their new web guide www.soundadvice.info in July
2008, which provides practical guidance on controlling noise in music and entertainment,
including amplified live music, pubs and clubs. Their website www.hse.gov.uk/noise/musicsound
also includes case studies and a myth buster.
Case Studies
In 2008 Stoke Council s theme was the Sound of Music . Local authority officers dressed up as
nuns and handed out ear plugs to raise awareness of noise pollution and the new Noise at Work
Regulations particularly aimed at those working in the entertainment industry.
Anglesey wrote to all pubs, clubs and other venues within the county who provide entertainment
to advise them of the requirements of the new Noise at Work Regulations. They also compiled a
questionnaire to gauge compliance with the requirements of the Regulations.
Chesterfield Borough Council visited pubs and nightclubs in 2007 to promote the Noise at Work
requirements and distributed their advice sheet on how to protect employees hearing whilst still
enjoying loud music in their venues. Similarly, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council targeted
pubs and clubs that play loud music, offering advice and assistance to help publicans reduce
noise exposure to employees and disturbance to local residents.
In 2006 Basildon District Council visited four discos in the area during Noise Action Week and
carried out detailed noise mapping of the premises in the bars, kitchens, glass wash-ups, cloak
rooms, DJ desk, and dance floors.
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Alarms
Alarms going off accidentally can be extremely annoying often waking up an entire
neighbourhood. Many local authorities have used Noise Action Week to promote local key
holder registration schemes and encourage residents to sign up.
Case Studies
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council held a Learning at Work Day in 2008, where staff
manned a public stall and gave advice to members of the public. They focused on burglar alarms
and encouraged people to register key holders, and they also arranged for Alarm Notification
Forms to be issued to people booking holidays with local travel agencies.
For Noise Action Week 2007, the Isle of Anglesey Council promoted the Council's alarm
registration scheme via local press, their website, and publicity stand


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