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MEACHER'S NOISE OVER MAPS

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Urban authorities should follow Birmingham City Council's lead and develop local 'noise maps', according to environ...
Urban authorities should follow Birmingham City Council's lead and develop local 'noise maps', according to environment minister Michael Meacher.

Birmingham's 'sound emission contour maps' provide a coloured illustration of the combined road, rail and aircraft noise across the city.

Mr Meacher said the maps would help metropolitan authorities implement an anticipated EU Directive on noise.

'The Birmingham noise maps can be used as a blueprint for other cities to model their noise and tackle social, economic and health problems caused by unacceptable levels of noise,' Mr Meacher said.

Such maps could pave the way for a national noise map, he said.
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