Unsung heroes awarded ‘Noise Oscars’

Noise Abatement Society announces Lifetime Achievers at the John Connell Awards

BRIGHTON, 10 November 2010 – Individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the noise industry were rewarded at a glittering ‘Noise Oscars’ ceremony last night at the House of Commons.

The 10th annual John Connell Awards, announced by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from Local Authorities, industry, individuals and organisations that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

They are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are bestowed on those people who have worked tirelessly in pursuit of a better aural environment. They have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of the destructive effect that noise pollution can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “There are many organisations and companies that are all working towards our common goal to reduce noise pollution. However, there are also several individuals for whom this cause is intrinsic, and we want to recognise the huge efforts they have made to the industry, and shout about their successes.”

The awards were hosted by Mike Weatherly, MP for Hove and Portslade, on behalf of the NAS Trustees, and the prestigious honours were bestowed on the following individuals:

Trude Adler Award – this award celebrates the unsung heroes who make our world a better – safer, healthier, quieter – place to live and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude.

Venetia Allan is a recipient of this award for her invaluable work in helping the Society to raise awareness of the dangers to hearing loss due to MP3 Player misuse and, in particular, developing the UK’s first Key Stage 3 curriculum to help the Society to educate young people about safe listening and hearing health.

Dominique Czoper has also been recognised for her tireless and exemplary work with residents, local authority and community stakeholders to establish and run a thriving music venue with sensitivity, insight and consideration for the local community; and additionally for the curriculum developed to help make musicians and venue owners aware and informed about noise control procedures.

10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award – in recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the 10th Anniversary of the Awards in his name, the award honours key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raising the profile of noise pollution as a critical environmental issue and who have worked tirelessly over the course of their careers to effect solutions for the public benefit.

Alan Blissett has been awarded this accolade for his commitment and achievement of 47 years in noise mitigation and prevention. Alan is an Environmental Health Officer in London’s Southwark Council, working tirelessly to effect solutions for the public benefit.

With a sense of commitment and community beyond measure, Alan has worked around the clock mitigating noise for the benefit of local residents. This experience and skill has led him to deliver agendas on Air Quality, Land Remediation and Noise Reduction.

As such he has been a leading member of working parties responsible for production of London Air Quality & Planning Guidance, London Best Practice for Construction Emissions, and EPUK Biomass Guidance.

Since stepping down from management in 2007, he has been engaged with securing environmental protection through major planning & redevelopment schemes, construction management, and premises licensing.

Stephen Stansfeld has been recognised for his continuing work on the effect noise has on health. Stephen’s research interests include the effects of the physical and social environment on mental health. He completed his PhD examining noise sensitivity and psychiatric disorder in 1989 and has subsequently been involved in many studies examining environmental noise and mental health. He led the West London Schools Study and the Bypass study in North Wales, and more recently was the principal investigator in the well-known European RANCH study on noise and children’s health and cognition.

Colin Grimwood is a recipient of the award for his outstanding services to the acoustics profession. He has been involved with and managed major research projects and he has assisted in the development of some of the most important legislation, guidance and policy documents produced in this country in that time. These include the National Noise Incidence Study, the National Noise Attitude Studies, Planning Policy Guidance document 24 – Planning and Noise; Approved Document E of the Building Regulations and the 1996 Noise Act. More recently he has worked on the development of the Noise Action Plans and the Noise Policy Statement for England that were published earlier this year.

He is currently a technical director at Bureau Veritas and is a key member of the group that provides technical advice to the noise and nuisance team at Defra.

For more information on the Awards ceremony, winners and finalists, or to see more photographs of the evening, visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com

ENDS

Media contacts: Sarah Whelband or Emma Batchelor 01732 779 087 or sarahw@westgatecomms.com

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About Noise Abatement Society

The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of noise and noise-related pollutants (for example, light disturbance and air pollution). Its work helps to find solutions and relieve the physical and mental distress and ill health which noise and related pollutants cause and which profoundly affect public health, productivity, the quality of life and marine and wildlife. The Society was established in 1959 by John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960, establishing noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. The Society operates a free advice helpline for those people that are suffering from noise nuisance, and don’t know where to turn to find a solution to the problem. The number to call is: 01273 823 850 or email info@noiseabatement.org

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