other nuisance noise has won a top award which will be presented
tomorrow, 25 September, by environment minister Michael Meacher.
Abatement Society (NAS) to encourage local authorities to develop
schemes to raise awareness of noise problems and to mediate and
settle conflicts arising from noise complaints.
Mr Meacher said: 'This awards scheme is an excellent way to encourage
and promote innovation in helping to solve local noise problems. This
complements government strategies to increase public awareness of the
problems posed by noise and to help educate people about the effects
noise may have on their lives, and what they can do about it.
'Surveys published recently by DEFRA show that outdoor noise levels
have not increased during the past decade, which is encouraging. But
what is worrying is that eight per cent of those questioned said that
noise spoils their home life, and many more suffer regular
disturbances. We all have a part to play in tackling the problem,
whether it is through framing legislation, developing innovative
local schemes or by being considerate to our neighbours.
'I am sure that John Connell would be immensely proud of the work the
Noise Abatement Society is doing to help the many people suffering
from problems caused by noise.'
The Noise Abatement Society this year received 282 entries for the
John Connell Awards.
It chose Doncaster MBC for its scheme to tackle noise problems:
persistent disturbances are recorded with digital equipment, and the
recordings analysed in a laboratory where they can be played back to
complainants, the noise makers and, if necessary, magistrates; those
creating the noise can be confronted with an objective demonstration
of the impact of their behaviour on others.
Because of the high quality of entries received, additional awards
have been made to Leeds City Council and Kensington & Chelsea RB.
Leeds' night-time noise investigation service, called 'Out of Hours',
improved services to residents and helped city police save nearly
Kensington & Chelsea RB's innovative Junior Citizen scheme
encouraged schoolchildren to learn about the effects of noise on
Peter Wakeham, director for NAS, said: 'Doncaster MBC is a very
worthy winner. Its 'sound lab' system is one that all councils
should seriously consider adopting as it can both significantly
improve the service offered to local people while saving the
1. John Connell formed the NAS in 1959. He was a lively businessman
who wrote regularly to the Daily Telegraph when it published
complaints from readers about noise. He received hundreds of letters
from all over the country from people whose lives had been blighted
by noise. After his death, the NAS was not as proactive as it had
been but involvement in noise issues grew again with the help of his
daughter, Gloria Elliott,a trustee, and his widow, Trude.
2. The award was first presented last year, to Blackburn with Darwen
BC for a scheme to promote and raise noise awareness among children.
3. This year's presentation will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 25
September) at 2.30pm, in Dining Room C at the house of commons.
4. DEFRA has recently published three major reports on the effects of
noise on people's lives:
- The UK National Noise Incidence Study (NIS) showed that changes in
noise levels and noise exposure between 1990 and 2000 were small
and trends were subtle. Background outdoor sound levels had
decreased, though were slightly worse at night.
- The UK National Noise Attitude Survey: 69 per cent of respondents
said they were generally satisfied with noise levels in their
environment while 8 per cent said their home life was spoilt either
'quite a lot' or 'totally' by noise.
- A review of legislation and enforcement across the European Union.
5. For more information, please call Peter Wakeham, Noise Abatement
Society: 01273 682223.