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EEA – Searching for Noise Solutions on Awareness Day

To mark the International Noise Awareness Day on 27 April, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) seek submissions for the new European Soundscape Award which will recognise innovative solutions to noise problems.

Exposure to unwanted noise can cause stress and interfere with basic activities such as sleep, rest and study. Prolonged exposure can also trigger illnesses as serious as hypertension and cardiovascular disease. This has recently been documented in the report ‘Burden of disease from environmental noise’ from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which estimates that each year Europeans lose at least one million healthy life years due to noise from road traffic alone. 

The EEA is teaming up with the Noise Abatement Society to raise awareness about the health impacts of noise and to reward European initiatives that can help reduce excessive noise. Any product, campaign, innovation or scheme offering a creative solution to a noise problem can be nominated for the Award. The Award will be presented for the first time at a prestigious ceremony in London in November 2011.

For more information on how to submit an application, visit the European Soundscape Award webpage. The closing date for applications is 2 September 2011.

About the International Noise Awareness Day 

The Centre for Hearing and Communication founded International Noise Awareness Day to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise. This year, the event is taking place on 27 April.

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Noise Abatement Society new online publication informs the soundtrack of our lives

SOUNDSCAPE – WHERE LIFE SOUNDS GOOD 

The Noise Abatement Society is pleased to announce the launch of its flagship online publication – SoundScape, where life sounds good.

The first publication of its kind, this inaugural issue was borne out of the current need to reconnect with the aural environment for the benefit of everyone’s emotional and physical health.

Designed specifically to educate, inform and inspire, the ezine investigates the soundscape, evaluating its influence on our health, wellbeing and environment for the benefit of all life. It brings to the fore technologies, strategies and products that positively affect noise pollution, providing solutions and championing industry best practice.

Both holistic and pragmatic, SoundScape perfectly reflects the ethos of the NAS to help find practical solutions to solve existing noise problems, to safeguard both present and future generations. It takes into account views from academics, activists, designers, industry, parliamentarians and the public, who share their views, experiences and hopes for the future of our aural ecology.

The launch issue pulls into focus the work of real life heroes and warns of a ticking “time-bomb” that will destroy our current teenagers’ hearing if they do not learn to listen responsibly to their mp3 players. Also featured are perceptive opinion pieces on the state of domestic noise in Britain and the need to establish and protect sound ecosystems.

“SoundScape intelligently investigates the sounds that affect our lives. It explores new ways of solving noise problems by researching how sound can be viewed as a ‘resource’ rather than traditional approaches which try to combat noise simply as ‘waste’,” explains Lisa Lavia, NAS managing director and editor-in-chief of SoundScape. “SoundScape puts into context, how we can positively change and enhance the environment for the benefit of our health and wellbeing.”

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Media enquiries email: press@noise-abatement.org

 Editorial or Advertising enquiries: soundscape@noise-abatement.org

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Soundscape – how do you consider yours?

To consider sound as fluid as the air we breathe, a life force coursing through our planet, is to understand the scope and potency of resonance.

As such, our sensitivity to it needs little explanation, it simply remains that we give this energy source its due diligence. Respecting and protecting our soundscape is a duty beholden to us all.

Soundscape is the aural fabric of our lives. The diverse layers of sounds that weave together to colour the quality of our life experiences.

We can transform our urban soundscapes by sensitive town planning and intelligent forecasting. The same is true for our rural soundscapes which are all too often tainted by noise that travels beyond its source: low-frequency wind farm emissions, train horns, road traffic and low-flying airplanes.

On a personal level, we should be conscious of the noise we emit and how it affects those around us – small steps can make big changes. Just like recycling, we can all work on our daily habits and produce less waste noise. Be mindful not to let the front door slam, not to talk incessantly on our mobile phones in public, and not to let our dogs bark unremittingly.

A journey through soundscape must begin at home. Consider how much noise the kettle makes, how much of our neighbours we hear and how we use music to create atmosphere.

The scientific study of soundscape and acoustic ecology allows us a deeper understanding of the biodiversity and sustainability challenges we face in our world today.

At the NAS we are furthering our commitment to soundscape by publishing an online magazine of the same name in which we will further our resolve to discover, explain and protect it.

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NAS CONSULTATION RESPONSE: DECC – Planning for New Energy Infrastructure Revised Draft National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure

The Noise Abatement Society welcomes this opportunity to respond to consultation on revised draft National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure. This response focuses on aspects of proposed policy that have changed, or particularly important issues which NAS believes should change. However, NAS would also draw the Department’s attention to the Society’s response dated 22 February  to consultation on earlier drafts and would request that points of principle made therein should be reconsidered alongside this submission.  

 
Overall Comments
 The Noise Abatement Society welcomes the additional consideration that has been given to noise in this second round of consultation. NAS believes that this will make a significant contribution to making the new processes more effective for all parties, and trusts that this strengthened coverage will be maintained in final editing.

More generally, some of the wording of the NPSs is imprecise and does not reflect their role as statements of policy rather than provision of background information to the applicant and decision maker. The number of instances is too great to itemize, but for example, in paragraph 2.6.97 of EN-3, where it is evident that offshore piling noise can kill or injure statutorily protected marine mammals, it is insufficient for the NPS to say that monitoring “can be undertaken”. Monitoring should be a requirement in specified circumstances.

Further editing is required if NPSs are to give the required clarity for IPC/MIPU, applicants and communities. However, such editing should not, of course, convey certainty where specific issues remain uncertain. Also, IPC/MIPU and applicants should still be encouraged to use the most up-to-date evidence and best practice, e.g. where there may inevitably be some lag between developing knowledge and NPS review.

The resources available to local planning authorities (LPAs) to participate constructively and in a timely fashion to the decision-making process, remains an issue, particularly the production of Local Impact Reports (LIRs). LIRs are likely to require considerable input from local authority planners, supported by their environmental health colleagues and other specialists.

Local authority staffing is, of course, under increasing pressure from spending cuts. If NPSs are to part of a successful process, Government should reconsider how adequate funding can be provided to support the contribution of LPAs to the process, e.g. from part of applicants’ fees.

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‘Noise Oscars’ Winners Announced

Winners of the 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, were announced by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) last night at a packed awards ceremony in the House of Commons.

The awards 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.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“We live in an increasingly noisy society and many of us are unaware of the destructive effect that noise pollution can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life.

“Each of the winners of the John Connell award categories have made an outstanding contribution to creating practical solutions to help reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”

The awards were hosted by Mike Weatherly, MP for Hove and Portslade, on behalf of the NAS Trustees. The award winners and categories are:

Local Authority Award, sponsored by quietrevolution™ – this award celebrates initiatives, campaigns and schemes that are shining examples of community co-operation, awareness raising and creative solutions for reducing noise pollution and improving quality of life in the community.

Winner: Sheffield City Council, for its unique way of working with the South Yorkshire Police force to provide a non-uniformed officer to accompany the Council’s Environmental Noise officer when responding to noise complaints. This partnership has enabled strong links to be built with the Local Authority and also with complainants. Since this service has been introduced demand has increased by 58% as the public has become aware of its existence.

Highly commended: Cardiff Council and North Lincolnshire Council

Enterprise Award – this award is given in recognition of exemplary partnership working for the public benefit. In particular it recognises the exceptional dedication of individuals within their roles who go above and beyond accepted standards – those who forge a path for others to follow.

Winner: Thames Valley Police and Neighbourhood Action Groups, for their enterprising cooperation to work together to ensure community priorities were addressed.

Andi Cunningham, Chair of a Vale of the White Horse Neighbourhood Action Group and Andy Boyd, Chief Inspector Thames Valley Police LPA Commander each receive an award for their collaboration which actively tackled problems that were disrupting their communities, such as illegal raves. Their activity lead to positive convictions, making the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire one of the safest place to live in the country.

Innovation Award – this award aims to encourage the development of new solutions to resolve noise pollution problems, using a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint.

Winner: Joint Local Authority Regulatory Service (JLARS) for its co-operation between local authorities and developers in the construction of the Olympic Park, and to ensure the legacy of collaboration continues long after 2012. JLARS includes the London Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets and the Olympic Delivery Authority to co-ordinate and standardise local authority regulatory service delivery. JLARS has delivered new ways of cross boundary working, and is being used as a template for other partnerships across the country. Joint working protocols like these can help local councils save money and ensure that they operate more effectively and efficiently in the future.

Technology Award, sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics – this award applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment.

Winner: Tenant Green Machines for its innovative Green Machines 500ze, a piece of cleaning equipment with a Lithium-ion powered battery pack. It reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality. The Green Machine produces no exhaust fumes or CO2, and its clean air and near silent operation is ideal for enclosed or crowded pedestrian areas such as city centres.

Highly commended: Container Centralen

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.

Winner: Venetia Allan 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.

Winner: Dominique Czoper for the Boileroom community approach / Live music venue – 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.

Silent Approach™ Award, sponsored by Brigade Electronics – this award encourages development in the area of reducing noise to the benefit of the community whilst enhancing the environment.

Winner: Southwark Borough Council, Temple and Mace for the glass Temple and Mace ‘Shard’ building, which will be the tallest iconic building in Europe, a “vertical city” with a mix of hotel rooms, offices, apartments and viewing galleries, sited adjacent to Guys Hospital and London Bridge station.

Its construction over a period of three years London Borough of Southwark’s environment protection team played a lead role in trying to minimise the noise impact of the building project on local residential and business communities.

Significant consultation with the council and collaboration with Temple and Mace has resulted in a series of best practice procedures to address the problem of disruption and noise disturbance in a dense urban situation. This has also become a template for other major construction sites in the future.

Europe Award – this new award recognises important initiatives undertaken in Europe to improve the aural environment for the benefit of all. It aims to encourage and disseminate good practices that can assist other European countries embarking on aural improvement programmes, especially in urban environments. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society.

Winner: City of Stockholm, Soundscape & Acoustic Ecology Pioneers for its work in promoting the importance of soundscape in urban planning and design. Its close collaboration with Stockholm University and the definitive soundscape research group, the city has been host to a number of influential conferences and installations that are leading the way on acoustic ecology and confirming Stockholm as European Green Capital 2010.

Winner: Department of Environment, The Netherlands; PIEK Quiet Delivery Programme for its commitment to the PIEK Scheme, by developing quiet technology so that deliveries during off-peak hours are now possible. This has led to more efficient and considerate delivery methods. The technological enhancements to equipment and the documented best practice techniques of trained staff have also helped to make out of hours deliveries a reality in several other European countries.

10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award – in recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the 10th Anniversary of the Awards in his name, the NAS will honour 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.

Winner: Alan Blissett – 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.

Winner: Stephen Stansfeld, 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.

Winner: Colin Grimwood, 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 as a technical director 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

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

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Brigade Electronics – Sponsors of the Silent Approach™ Award

Brigade Electronics is the market leader in vehicle safety systems. Established in 1976, it single-handedly promoted the cause of reversing safety, bringing the very first reversing alarm and rear detection system to Europe and the first rear view camera monitor system to the UK. Today they are still the only company in the world to provide a full range of reversing safety systems for all types of commercial vehicle and mobile plant machinery to protect driver, passenger and pedestrian. For more information visit www.reverseinsafety.co.uk

The Institute of Acoustics – Sponsors of the Technology Award

The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels. The Institute has some 3000 members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, with engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number. For more information visit www.ioa.org.uk

quietrevolution™ – Sponsors of the Local Authority Award

Developers and promoters of wind turbine solutions and the role they play in helping combat climate change. quietrevolution’s aim is to play a leading global role in the local energy revolution and has developed an elegant and innovative vertical axis wind turbine. This cutting edge technology has been designed in response to the growing demand for renewable technologies and demonstrates that turbines can be elegant, quiet and a long-term, cost effective solution for generating energy. For more information visit www.quietrevolution.com

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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European Environment Agency sponsors

The impacts of unwanted noise can range from mild disturbance to serious disease. At a prestigious ceremony in London last night, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) announced a new European noise award, which will recognise innovative solutions to noise problems.

The 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, are awarded by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) to various 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.

The awards 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.

Noise pollution affects many Europeans. Approximately 56 million people are exposed to excessive noise from road traffic alone in Europe’s largest cities. Exposure to unwanted noise can cause stress and interfere with basic activities such as sleep, rest and study. But prolonged exposure can also trigger illnesses as serious as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

NAS has for the last 10 years awarded ‘Noise Oscars’ to UK initiatives that help reduce excessive noise. They are now teaming up with the EEA to raise awareness and reward initiatives all over Europe. A new European noise award will be presented for the first time in November 2011. Any product, campaign, innovation or scheme offering a creative solution to a noise problem can be nominated for the award.

Colin Nugent, noise project manager at the European Environment Agency, launched the new award on Tuesday said:

“We are delighted to be associated with the Noise Abatement Society and to be launching a European award from 2011 onwards. Noise is a key policy area and the EEA is keen to contribute to its implementation and further development. From our networks of noise experts across our 38 member and cooperating countries, we are aware of the valuable work that is ongoing in the field of noise across Europe, and know all too well that these efforts often go unrecognised and unrewarded.”

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“The Noise Abatement Society is thrilled to have the support of the European Environment Agency. Working towards a common cause of raising awareness and interest in noise as a key issue naturally leads to this collaboration, and we look forward to working in partnership with Colin and his team.

“It is important to recognise the achievements of those that have created practical solutions to reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment, not just in the UK, but across the whole of Europe.”

The awards were hosted at the House of Commons by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the NAS Trustees.

For more information on the Awards or to see the list of winners and photos, visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com.

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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

About European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. It is a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 32 member countries. For more information, please visit http://www.eea.europa.eu/

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Technology is the winner at the ‘Noise Oscars’

A ‘quiet technology’ provider was rewarded for its innovation at the prestigious 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, last night by the Noise Abatement Society.

The awards 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 ceremony took place at the House of Commons and was hosted by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) Trustees, and are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“It was very difficult to judge the winner from the high standard of entries that we received, but the overall winner of the Technology award demonstrated a pioneering and innovative approach that addresses noise pollution from a unique standpoint.”

The Technology Award is sponsored by the Institute of Acoustics and applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment and the winner was Tenant Green Machines with its all-electric vacuum street sweeper.

The Green Machines 500ze has a Lithium-ion powered battery pack. It reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality. The Green Machine produces no exhaust fumes or CO2, and its clean air and near silent operation is ideal for enclosed or crowded pedestrian areas such as city centres.

The Green Machines 500ze is currently in test trials across Europe and will soon be seen in operation in major cities across Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Trevor Cox, President, Institute of Acoustics, said:

“It is great to see a green product win, especially one that considers good acoustic design to be a vital part of sustainability”.

Highly commended was Container Centralen for its new generation of returnable transport items that has been developed to accommodate demand for quiet delivery equipment. The items can be used for distribution to retail outlets during nights and early mornings.

The award was sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics, and had a separate judging panel, comprising of:

• John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010) and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award,

• David Lane, Chair of Trustees, the Noise Abatement Society

• Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society

• Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London Authority and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award

• Dr Raul Meyer, Managing Director of Ecoinnovations Consulting Ltd, engineering specialist and a former Director at Ricardo UK Ltd

For more information on the Awards or to see the list of winners, visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com

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

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The Institute of Acoustics – Sponsors of the Technology Award

The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels. The Institute has some 3000 members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, with engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number. For more information visit www.ioa.org.uk

About Noise Abatement Society – The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of and find solutions to help 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. For more information contact 01273 823 850 or visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com

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Local Authorities sweep the boards at the ‘Noise Oscars’

Local Authorities demonstrated their innovative side last night at the 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’.

The awards, held by the Noise Abatement Society, 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 awards were hosted at the House of Commons by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) Trustees, and are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from Local Authorities that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“It was very difficult to judge the winner from the very high standard of entries that we received, but the overall winners of the John Connell awards demonstrated the successful creation and implementation of practical solutions. These solutions, together with the resulting partnerships that evolved have significantly helped to reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”

The Local Authorities winners were revealed as:

Sheffield City Council, which won the Local Authority Award, sponsored by quietrevolution™. This celebrates initiatives, campaigns and schemes concerning noise that are shining examples of co-operation, raising awareness and creative solutions for improving quality of life in the community.

Sheffield City Council Noise Team developed a unique way of working with the South Yorkshire Police force, which provides a non-uniformed officer to accompany the Council’s Environmental Noise officer when responding to noise complaints. This partnership enabled strong links to be built with the Local Authority and also with complainants.

The night team works alongside Sheffield’s Arms Length Management Organisations and Registered Social Landlords and has been extensively publicised across the community. Since the new night service introduction, demand has increased by 58% as the public has become aware of its existence.

Stephen Crosher, Commercial Director at quietrevolution said: “Local authorities have an incredibly difficult task to police and control noise pollution within our communities. quietrevolution is determined to be part of the solution by providing a small wind turbine that is incredibly quiet and we are keen to play our part within the low carbon energy revolution without impacting on individuals and communities. We also want to be known as a company who listens to local issues and one that strives to continually improve our products to address any concerns that arise.”

Highly commended entries for this award were:

• Cardiff Council: Co-operation, Cohesion and Co-location

Cardiff Council established a revolutionary reactive night-time noise service, which is the first of its kind in Wales. This service enables the public to make complaints about noise whilst the disturbance is actually happening.

This two-year plan has improved cohesion and collaboration between the Police, Anti-Social-Behaviour Team, Cardiff Council Private Sector Housing Team, and the Local Authority Housing Service. Cardiff residents now receive a more effective service with clearer lines of communication, leading to faster and more effective complaint resolution.

• North Lincolnshire Council: Responding to Anonymous Noise Complaints and Collaborative Working with Council Housing Managers

The Council introduced a new system for dealing more effectively with noise complaints. A leaflet is posted informing the offender and nearby addresses that the council has been made aware of a noisy property in their neighbourhood.

The letter also contains advice on how to help resolve the matter, and inviting people to submit a formal complaint in order for the Council to investigate the matter further. The Council also works together with Housing Managers to streamline noise complaints and uses noise-recording equipment to capture evidence of noise disturbance.

This is used in an ‘acoustic suite’ where perpetrators are able to hear the noise they made and then discuss it constructively. Dog wardens are also used in cases of persistent barking dogs, to offer expertise and advice, to try and solve the problem as a first step before a formal notice is given.

Other Local Authority winners were Joint Local Authority Regulatory Service (JLARS) for the Innovation Award and Southwark Borough Council and Temple and Mace for the Silent Approach Award.

The Innovation Award aims to encourage the development of new solutions to resolve noise problems, using a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint.

The Joint Local Authority Regulatory Service (JLARS) was the receipient of this award for its co-operation between local authorities and developers in the construction of the Olympic Park, and to ensure the legacy of collaboration continues long after 2012.

JLARS includes the London Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets and the Olympic Delivery Authority to co-ordinate and standardise local authority regulatory service delivery. JLARS has delivered new ways of cross boundary working, and is being used as a template for other partnerships across the country. Joint working protocols like these can help local councils save money and ensure that they operate more effectively and efficiently in the future.

The Silent Approach™ Award, sponsored by Brigade Electronics encourages developments in the area of reducing noise to the benefit of the community whilst enhancing the environment.

Southwark Borough Council and Temple and Mace were the recipients of this award for the glass Temple and Mace ‘Shard’ building, which will be the tallest iconic building in Europe, a “vertical city” with a mix of hotel rooms, offices, apartments and viewing galleries, sited adjacent to Guys Hospital and London Bridge station.

Its construction over a period of three years London Borough of Southwark’s environment protection team played a lead role in trying to minimise the noise impact of the building project on local residential and business communities.

Significant consultation with the council and collaboration with Temple and Mace has resulted in a series of best practice procedures to address the problem of disruption and noise disturbance in a dense urban situation. This has also become a template for other major construction sites in the future.

Philip Hanson-Abbott, managing director, Brigade Electronics said:

“It is with great pride that we work with the NAS to support and recognise other organisations which work to this aim, and, if real environmental progress is to be achieved it is imperative that such initiatives are distinguished and promoted.”

“Brigade is committed to keeping noise pollution to a minimum. There is a significant challenge to alleviating our environment of needless noise and congestion, whilst keeping the community safe and properly supplied. Our bbs-tek white sound reversing alarms are a key element of helping to achieve this goal.”

For more information on the Awards or to see the list of winners, visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com

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

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quietrevolution™ – Sponsors of the Local Authority Award – Developers and promoters of wind turbine solutions and the role they play in helping combat climate change. quietrevolution’s aim is to play a leading global role in the local energy revolution and has developed an elegant and innovative vertical axis wind turbine. This cutting edge technology has been designed in response to the growing demand for renewable technologies and demonstrates that turbines can be elegant, quiet and a long-term, cost effective solution for generating energy. For more information visit www.quietrevolution.com

Brigade Electronics – Sponsors of the Silent Approach™ Award – Brigade Electronics is the market leader in vehicle safety systems. Established in 1976, it single-handedly promoted the cause of reversing safety, bringing the very first reversing alarm and rear detection system to Europe and the first rear view camera monitor system to the UK. Today it is still the only company in the world to provide a full range of reversing safety systems for all types of commercial vehicle and mobile plant machinery to protect driver, passenger and pedestrian. For more information visit www.reverseinsafety.co.uk

About Noise Abatement Society – The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of and find solutions to help 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. For more information contact 01273 823 850 or visit www.noiseabatementsociety.com

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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

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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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Finalists for ‘Noise Oscars’ Announced

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Finalists for ‘Noise Oscars’ Announced

Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards celebrate 10th year

New European category launched

BRIGHTON, 3 November 2010 – Finalists for the 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, have been announced by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).

The awards 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.

They 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.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“John Connell called noise the ‘forgotten pollutant’ as many people are unaware of the destructive effect it can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life.

“The finalists of all the award categories have created practical solutions to reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”

The awards will be kindly hosted at the House of Commons by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the NAS Trustees. The award categories and their finalists are:

Local Authority Award, sponsored by quietrevolution™ – celebrates initiatives, campaigns and schemes that are shining examples of community co-operation, awareness raising and creative solutions for reducing noise pollution and improving quality of life in the community.

Finalists: Islington Council

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Sheffield City Council

Cardiff Council

Teignbridge District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

Enterprise Award – This award is given in recognition of exemplary partnership working for the public benefit. In particular it recognises the exceptional dedication of individuals within their roles who go above and beyond accepted standards – those who forge a path for others to follow.

Innovation Award – aims to encourage the development of new solutions to resolve noise pollution problems, using a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.

Technology Award, sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics – applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment. This award has a separate judging panel, comprising:

John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010) and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award,

David Lane, Chair of Trustees, the Noise Abatement Society

Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society

Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London Authority and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Raul Meyer, Managing Director of Ecoinnovations Consulting Ltd, engineering specialist and a former Director at Ricardo UK Ltd

Finalists: Daikin Airconditioning UK, Air-to-Air technology

Container Centralen, Quiet Rollcontainers

Tennant Company, Green Machines 500ez

Rockwool Limited, Rockfon and Rockprime™ insulation solutions

Trude Adler Award – celebrates unsung heroes who make our world a better, safer, healthier, quieter place to live and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.

Silent Approach™ Award, sponsored by Brigade Electronics – encourages development in the area of reducing noise to the benefit of the community whilst enhancing the environment. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.

Europe Award – this new award recognises important initiatives undertaken in Europe to improve the aural environment for the benefit of all. It aims to encourage and disseminate good practices that can assist other European countries embarking on aural improvement programmes, especially in urban environments. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.

10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award – In recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the 10th Anniversary of the Awards in his name, the NAS will honour 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.

Winners of the John Connell Awards 2010 will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 November which will also be attended by representatives from government, local government, industry, science and academia from the UK and abroad. For more information on the Awards or to see the list of finalists, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.noiseabatementsociety.com” www.noiseabatementsociety.com.

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

Notes to editors

Brigade Electronics – Sponsors of the Silent Approach™ Award

Brigade Electronics is the market leader in vehicle safety systems. Established in 1976, it single-handedly promoted the cause of reversing safety, bringing the very first HYPERLINK “http://www.reverseinsafety.co.uk/products/reversing-alarms”reversing alarm and rear detection system to Europe and the first rear viewHYPERLINK “http://www.reverseinsafety.co.uk/products/camera-monitor-systems” camera monitor system to the UK. Today they are still the only company in the world to provide a full range of reversing safety systems for all types of commercial vehicle and mobile plant machinery to protect driver, passenger and pedestrian. For more information visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.reverseinsafety.co.uk” www.reverseinsafety.co.uk

The Institute of Acoustics – Sponsors of the Technology Award

The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels. The Institute has some 3000 members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, with engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number. For more information visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.ioa.org.uk” www.ioa.org.uk

quietrevolution™ – Sponsors of the Local Authority Award

Developers and promoters of wind turbine solutions and the role they play in helping combat climate change. quietrevolution’s aim is to play a leading global role in the local energy revolution and has developed an elegant and innovative vertical axis wind turbine. This cutting edge technology has been designed in response to the growing demand for renewable technologies and demonstrates that turbines can be elegant, quiet and a long-term, cost effective solution for generating energy.  For more information visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.quietrevolution.com” www.quietrevolution.com

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  HYPERLINK “mailto:info@noiseabatement.org” info@noiseabatement.org

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