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‘Noise Oscars’ Finalists Announced for Local Authority Award

John Connell awards celebrate 10th year

Brighton, 3rd November 2010 – Local Authority finalists for the 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, have been announced 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 awards will be kindly 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:

“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 the Local Authority awards have created practical solutions to reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”

Local Authority Award, sponsored by quietrevolution™ – 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. The finalists in the Local Authority category are:

Bradford Metropolitan District Council: Case Assessment Initiative

Bradford’s Environmental Protection Team has introduced a new initiative, which involves working in collaboration with Community Accord, a conflict management organisation based in Bradford. Instead of automatically sending out noise log diaries to noise complainants, the cases are now referred immediately to Community Accord for initial assessment. This ensures that before any action is taken, each complainant gets an opportunity to speak to a well-trained independent case assessor who has expertise in conflict management as well as the pros and cons of different intervention methods, including law enforcement and mediation. Latest figures in September 2010 show that 88% of complainants decided to use mediation or other alternatives to resolve their noise problem.

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

Cardiff Council has 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.

Islington Council: Pioneering Partnership Arrangement for Noise Patrol Service

To strengthen the out of hours noise service, Islington Noise Patrol, Homes for Islington and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team partnered together, leading to big gains in the resolution of noise problems affecting the borough. Through visits, meetings and training days, officers from each team learnt to understand the mechanics of how each service functioned and evolved a joint working strategy. Promotion of the service through publicity of enforcement actions has lead to an increase in demand for the service, greater sharing of information, and a significant increase in customer satisfaction as a higher number of cases has been resolved. Officers have clearly seen the benefits, residents are reassured and Councillors are pleased with the new improved results; the new arrangement, therefore, is set to continue.

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

The Council has 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.

Sheffield City Council: Partnership Working to Deliver a Night-Time Noise Service

Sheffield City Council Noise Team has 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 enables strong links to be built with the Local Authority and also with complainants. This 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.

Teignbridge District Council, South Devon: Low Frequency Noise Referral Scheme in Partnership with South Devon Healthcare Trust

Teignbridge District Council’s ground-breaking new referral and support system has led to a swifter and more effective way of dealing with sufferers of Low Frequency Noise disturbance. Sufferers are offered a hearing test at Torbay Hospital audiology department where the issues can be discussed and if there is an underlying health problem, such as tinnitus, possible solutions can be offered like sound therapy or relocation techniques. The Teignbridge Environmental Protection Department and the investigating officer are then able to finger-print the noises that exists and track the source.

Several Local Authorities, have also been shortlisted for the following awards, with winners being announced on the night:

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 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 developments 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.

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

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

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 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  HYPERLINK “http://www.reverseinsafety.co.uk” 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  HYPERLINK “http://www.noiseabatementsociety.com” www.noiseabatementsociety.com

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Noise on Newsnight

Noise is making News: Noise footprint; Silent Boutiques; SodCasting and organic noise, all ideas generated by this Newsnight report and Ian McMillan’s poem for The Guardian “We Need to Reduce our Noise Footprint”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz8Px1ZMwZY

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Noise Abatement Society backs Safe Quiet Car at ECO Car Rally 7th July Brighton-London

Quiet electric vehicles and hybrids must be fitted with environmentally friendly sounders to avoid fatal accidents

The Noise Abatement Society is commending the new ‘safer-sounding car’ (see image below) which is joining the convoy of eco-cars from Brighton’s sea front to London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday 7th July from 8.30am. (Start line at Volk’s railway, Marine Parade)

The safer sounding electric car, equipped with broadband movement sounders, will demonstrate how a sound can alert of danger without causing a noise nuisance.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive, NAS, explains: “From start-up to 20mph, electric vehicles move silently; in supermarket car parks, city streets and pulling out from a kerb, for example, this can have fatal consequences. An unmistakable environmentally friendly sounder is vitally necessary.”

According to America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report Fatality Analysis Reporting System, pedestrians are twice as likely to be struck by a slow moving electric vehicle as by their [non-electric] counterparts.

The solution, a broadband sounder, is the safest and least noisy answer:

Safest because, uniquely, broadband sound is instantly locatable by the listener who will always know from which direction the car is approaching. Traditional strident narrow frequency-band “tonal” horns, on the other hand, both irritate and confuse the listener as to which direction the car is approaching.

Less noisy because broadband sound is like a waterfall or rustling leaves, easy on the ear and more audible for fewer decibels than a tonal horn.

The safer sounding care is ideal for alerting to danger the blind and partially sighted who can always be sure of which direction the car is coming from.

And ideal for alerting to danger the hearing impaired nearly all of who will hear those frequency bands in which their hearing still functions.

Developed by Brigade Electronics Ltd., this unique warning technology is highly commended by the Noise Abatement Society.

The eco-convoy will finish in London at Hyde Park where it will join the UK’s largest sustainable transport exhibition, which is free to attend, at the Royal Albert Memorial.

Notes to Editors

For more information contact:

The Noise Abatement Society on 01273 823850 or at press@noise-abatement.org

Brigade Electronics at www.bbs-tek.com

The ECO Rally at www.eco-rally.org

quiet car

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Love Your Ears Listen Safely for Longer

The Noise Abatement Society’s campaign, Love Your Ears is focused on raising awareness of noise induced hearing loss amongst teenagers due to MP3 player misuse. But we recognise that simply telling teenagers to turn their music down doesn’t often work! So we’ve found two great solutions to help young people – and music lovers of all ages – to listen safely for longer.

NAS is pleased to announce that everyone can benefit from safer MP3 listening whilst helping to raise money to support Love Your Ears. There are special discounts available for ACS SlicSound earphone sleeves and Airdrives headphones when customers quote “NASLYE” to the retailer.

Special offers include SlicSound at £3.95 (rrp £4.95) or 2 for £7.50, and Airdrives headphones are discounted by £5. The NAS receives a charitable contribution of £1 per set sold.To order and claim your discount simply send an email to loveyourears@noise-abatement.org stating the quantity and type of headphones or earphones you would like with your name and email details. You will then be sent a promotion confirmation and how to claim your discount with the retailer. Offer continues while stocks last.

More teenagers need to learn how to listen safely before their MP3 habits become ingrained, to stop the future nightmare of the present generation being profoundly deaf or hearing impaired before the age of thirty.

Click here to see our campaign video.

“Partnering with safer headphone manufacturers and bringing these new technologies to the attention of the public will go some way to promoting Love Your Ears and help prevent this teenage timebomb”, Lisa Lavia, Managing Director of Noise Abatement Society.

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Notes to Editors

1. SlicSound, from ACS, is a unique add-on device that dramatically improves the sound quality of in-ear headphones and earpieces for personal audio products including music players, hands-free mobile phones or handheld computer games. This universal add-on for standard ear phones is acoustically engineered to work like an ‘equaliser’, making your listening source clearer & fuller, with retained dynamic range, reducing background noise, and hence allowing the user to turn down their normal listening volume. The same sound,but at safer, lower volumes. For more details please visit http://www.hearingprotection.co.uk

2. AirDrives is the perfect earphone for active people. Unlike any other earphones on the market AirDrives sits just forward of the ear canal, (nothing stuck in your ears) allowing you to hear high-fidelity music and stay aware of your surroundings (also helps prevents hearing damage). It mimics the same sound sensation of a home or car stereo. You have to try them to believe them. To find out more visit www.airdrives.com

3. In 2008, an EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) report revealed that listening to personal music players at high volumes over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage. The report revealed that that as many as 5-10% of personal music player listeners are at risk of permanent hearing loss through listening to music through headphones at high volumes for long periods of time.

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Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme

Government Backed Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme Invites Local Authorities and Retailers to Participate in Curfew Relaxation Trials

The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme (QDDS), developed by the consortium comprising the Department for Transport (DfT), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), is inviting local authorities and retailers to participate in its quiet deliveries trials.

HGV deliveries in urban areas are often constrained during night-time and/or weekend periods; however, this increases traffic and carbon emissions at peak hours.

The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme will support at least six quiet delivery demonstration trials at retail premises across England during 2010, to illustrate the potential benefits from curfew relaxations for quiet deliveries, whilst still protecting local residents from excess noise.

Transport Minister Paul Clark said:

“Quiet out of hours deliveries can reduce congestion, cut pollution in local areas, and save businesses time and money.

“I am pleased to be working closely with the Noise Abatement Society and the Freight Transport Association to develop best practice and extend these benefits across local neighbourhoods.

This scheme aims to demonstrate that, with the adoption of best practice in quiet delivery technology and techniques, a balance can be found between protecting residents and relaxing curfews for a range of locations and store types.”

Each of the quiet delivery demonstration trials will involve a close working partnership between a retailer and relevant local authority. The Scheme will provide project management and facilitation support for each of the trials, along with specialist noise mitigation assessments at each site and noise monitoring during the trial’s duration.

Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society continued ‘The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme will establish the viability of quiet out of hours or night-time deliveries and the conditions under which they are feasible. Protecting the rights of local residents is of paramount importance.

Given the significant health and environmental gains to be made, it is critical to establish feasible and sustainable quiet out-of-hours delivery practices. Doing so will also lessen day-time disturbance and enable quieter deliveries to become accepted as the norm.

Introducing quiet delivery practices now, under strict guidelines and independent monitoring, ensures that the public will be protected throughout.’’

Natalie Chapman, Freight Transport Association Regional Policy Manager commented, ‘’Retailers simply do not want to disturb local residents and by developing this Scheme we have come up with much more than just a compromise – we are working to show that journey times, fuel economy and air quality, as well as stock turnaround, can be improved without affecting local residents’ right to a good night’s sleep.

By developing robust guidelines and processes, this Scheme will aim to make out-of-hours deliveries a feasible sustainability measure to be seriously considered by local authorities across the country and help the wider adoption of curfew relaxation for quiet deliveries”.

The Scheme will be looking at a range of potential measures including driver and store staff training, quiet vehicle and handling equipment technologies and noise mitigation measures at the point of delivery. The particular measures to be adopted for each site will be decided at the local level. These could include anything from common-sense measures like considerate driver and site personnel behaviour, to installing noise mitigation equipment.

Local authorities and retailers interested in applying to participate in the Scheme should contact the Scheme Manager, Chris Douglas, at consultants Transport & Travel Research Ltd via quietdeliveries@ttr-ltd.com as soon as possible.

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Notes to Editors

Background to Curfew Relaxation for Quiet Deliveries

HGV movements in urban areas are often constrained during night-time and/or weekend periods by local regulations put in place to avoid noise impacts.

Restrictions are imposed by local authorities in order to protect residents from noise and other nuisance during the late evening and early morning.

However, they have the effect of increasing the number of deliveries that have to be scheduled during peak traffic conditions, thereby increasing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and reducing air quality in the areas concerned. The restrictions also increase the road safety risks for vulnerable groups such as schoolchildren and cyclists by concentrating freight traffic into the hours when such users are competing for road space.

Delivery restrictions can also create particular difficulties for retailers who need early morning deliveries, for example to ensure that fresh produce is available on the shelves in time for store opening hours.

If such night-time or out-of-hours delivery restrictions could be relaxed or removed where appropriate, there are significant potential benefits for society, primarily from reduced congestion.

To realise these benefits, retailers need to work in close co-operation with local authorities to agree the conditions under which the authorities would be prepared to relax or remove delivery restrictions.

Local authorities would need to ensure no adverse noise impacts prior to relaxing or changing regulations, to establish a clear trigger for the reversal of any relaxation, and to provide for independent verification that the agreed conditions were being respected.

It is envisaged that curfew relaxation would apply only to retailers respecting agreed working practices developed in partnership with the local authority and only within a prescribed area and/or delivery site governed by the local authority.

If successfully embedded, the main long-term benefits of curfew relaxations for the retail sector and wider society in England would be:

· reduced congestion and better journey time reliability

· noise reduction through vehicle technology and improved working practices

· lower CO2 emissions (lower fuel consumption through reduced congestion)

· improved air quality through reduced emissions (through reduced congestion)

· improved local road safety (through the removal of HGVs at peak periods of use by vulnerable groups)

About DfT

The Department for Transport’s aim is transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society.

The Department for Transport provides leadership across the transport sector to achieve its objectives, working with regional, local and private sector partners to deliver many of the services.

DfT Press Enquires: 020 7944 4342
Out of Hours: 020 7944 4292
Public Enquiries: 0300 330 3000

Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk
Contacts

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Phone: For enquiries please contact the above department
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About Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) represents the transport needs of UK industry. Its membership is comprised of manufacturers, retailers, logistic companies, hauliers and organisations in the public and private sectors. The Association’s interests are multi-modal and in addition to consigning 90 per cent of freight carried on rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight its members operate in excess of 200,000 goods vehicles, approximately half the UK fleet of commercial vehicles.

FTA’s 14,000-plus members operate across all modes of transport – road, rail, air and sea. FTA is one of the largest and leading trade associations in the UK.

For further information please contact FTA’s media team on 01892 552255/01892 552253 or, out of hours, on 07985 874248 or 07818 450425.

About Noise Abatement Society

The objective of the Noise Abatement Society, UK registered charity number 272040, is to raise awareness of, and find solutions to, noise and related pollutants for example light disturbance and air pollution. Our work helps to 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.

For further information please contact: Noise Abatement Society’s press office on 01273 823850 or email at press@noise-abatement.org or visit www.noiseabatementsociety.org

About the Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme

Further inquiries about the QDDS should be made to Chris Douglas, QDDS Manager, Tel: 07552 168190, email: chris.douglas@ttr-ltd.com or quietdeliveries@ttr-ltd.com

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View and print a PDF version of the Press Release (Local Authority version)

View and print a PDF version of the Press Release (Retailer version)

Dft Logistics Listening to Industry – Paul Clarke MP, Ministerial Speech http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/speeches/clark20100127

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Love Your Ears, Listen Lower

Today the Noise Abatement Society with Ascent Hearing Care and the Mary Hare Institute launch the first MP3 awareness campaign specifically targetting teenagers.

The campaign, Love Your Ears, highlights the growing concern that the present generation of teenagers will be prematurely deaf or significantly hearing impaired before the age of 40.

According to EU scientists, it could be common place in 2020 to see one in ten 30 year olds wearing a hearing aid: unable to listen to an MP3 player anymore because of irreversible damage to their hearing, unable even to hear the voice of another person let alone their favourite music. [1]

“These could be the shocking consequences of the teenage timebomb we face if not prevented with the present generation unaware of the danger,” warns Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).

With a fresh approach aimed at teenagers, NAS and Ascent Hearing Care technologists have visited schools in Sussex with CYRIL (Computes Your Real Input Levels) an interactive acoustic manikin to help students experience for themselves how loud they are listening to their MP3 players. The programme helps them to recognise the danger they face and choose to love their ears before it’s too late.

Dr Michael Nolan, CEO of Ascent Hearing Care, says “The majority of the 11 – 16 year olds that we’ve seen are listening to their MP3 players at 80 decibels or above – what we call the ‘danger zone’. This places them at significant risk of irreversible hearing damage if their listening habits don’t change.”

Just like sea waves battering a coast, sound waves produced by MP3 players batter the inner ear hair cells causing permanent irreversible damage especially over a prolonged period. This happens because loud noise kills off hair cells that pick up sounds and help process them. The longer the exposure, the more hair cells are destroyed. By the time hearing disturbances are noticed the damage has become permanent and almost always incurable.

“Hearing damage develops cumulatively over time, meaning that when hearing impairment is actually noticed, it is nearly always too late to effect a cure,” says Dr Ivan Tucker OBE, Chief Executive of Mary Hare. “Prevention is better than cure, as hearing aids cannot replace what’s lost, they can only help to assist what’s left.”

The next stage of the campaign will see the development of teaching modules with the Mary Hare Institute and Ascent Hearing Care to be used as part of science and personal development curricula in schools to help teenagers understand the effects they have on others when they listen to MP3 players at high volumes as well as other safety issues including listening whilst walking or cycling.

Elliott concludes, “A lot has been written and reported about this issue, but listening habits of teenagers have barely altered, if at all. Our campaign is designed to help teenagers understand the consequences of listening too loudly to their MP3 players over prolonged periods and to engage them in a learning process in order to help them take responsibility for their hearing health.”

Notes to Editors

About Ascent Hearing Care

Ascent Hearing Care is part of the Pinnacle Group of companies and is dedicated to achieving hearing care excellence through experience, enthusiasm and education – without compromise.

Ascent provides Hearing Care Services across the British Isles, throughout Europe and into the Middle East. For more information visit www.ascenthearing.co.uk

About Mary Hare

Mary Hare is a national charity (registered charity number 1048386). Mary Hare School is a non-maintained special school providing for profoundly and severely deaf children and young people from all over the UK. Pupils’ fees are paid for by the Local Education Authority where they live. For more information visit www.maryhare.org

[1] EU Scientific Committee on Emerging & Newly Identified Health Risks report September 2008

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Night Time is the Right Time for Deliveries

Leading trade association, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), and UK charity the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) have teamed up to make night time deliveries easier while minimising the impact of noise and air quality on local residents.

Night time deliveries represent a cost-effective way to improve delivery reliability, reduce road congestion and, subsequently, reduce the impact of air pollution in urban areas. FTA and NAS have developed robust guidelines and processes that will make efficient night time deliveries achievable for local authorities across the UK.

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Policy Manager leading on this issue, said:

“We are really pleased to be working closely with the Noise Abatement Society to achieve sensible savings in journeys, emissions and costs through night-time deliveries.

“Retailers don’t want to disturb residents and by providing real solutions we have come up with more than just a compromise – we are working to show that journey times, fuel economy and air quality, as well as stock turnaround, can be improved without affecting local residents’ right to a good night’s sleep.

“We look forward to developing the concept of sustainable out-of-hours deliveries further with NAS and the wider adoption of such schemes.”

A three-month night time trial was undertaken at a large supermarket in Wandsworth in late 2007. Utilising NAS’ Silent Approach(TM) programme and the FTA’s toolkit/guidance/best practice, Delivering the Goods, the project showed that decibel levels, journey times, delivery costs and CO2 emissions were reduced and no noise-related complaints were made by local residents.

Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, Noise Abatement Society, said:

“Protecting the rights of local residents is of paramount importance.  Anticipating the inevitability of the extension of delivery hours as a result of chronic congestion in our towns and cities, introducing quiet delivery practices now, under strict guidelines and independent monitoring ensures that the public will be protected throughout. Given the significant health and environmental gains to be made, it is critical to establish feasible and sustainable out of hours delivery practices. Doing so will also lessen daytime disturbance and enable quieter deliveries to become accepted as the norm.”

The work done by FTA and NAS shows that industry can collaborate with social action groups to find practical solutions to noise problems. It is hoped that Noise Action Week, which runs from 18 to 22 May, will push the issue of noise awareness further up the political and social agenda.

Notes to editors

1. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by FTA and the NAS on 13 May 2009.

2. Night time deliveries concern produce delivered to supermarkets and other outlets between midnight and 07.00.

3. Some of the key solutions and procedures identified by FTA and NAS to reduce noise during night-time deliveries include driver and staff training, the use of rubber matting and dock curtains and a strict roll cage, door and radio noise policy.

4. For a briefing pack on The Silent Approach™ trial in Wandsworth Borough Council please contact FTA on 01892 552255.

5. The Dutch Government first embarked on finding a standard for quiet delivery vehicles and equipment in 1999 and developed the PIEK certification scheme. For more information please contact NAS, licensed in the UK to award PIEK accreditation.

6. Established in 1959, the Noise Abatement Society, Registered Charity number 272040, operates in the UK and abroad to campaign, educate and develop programmes to aid the abatement of excessive and unnecessary noise and related pollutants such as CO2 emissions and air quality degradants from whatever source, for the benefit of all.

For further information please contact:
Noise Abatement Society’s press office on 01273 823 850 or email at press@noise-abatement.org
For further information please contact FTA’s media team on 01892 552255 or, out of hours, on 07818 450425

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NAS and FTA working together

News Release

18 April 2009

Night time is right time for deliveries says Freight Transport Association and Noise Abatement Society

Leading trade association, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), and UK charity the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) have teamed up to make night time deliveries easier while minimising the impact of noise and air quality on local residents.

Night time deliveries represent a cost-effective way to improve delivery reliability, reduce road congestion and, subsequently, reduce the impact of air pollution in urban areas. FTA and NAS have developed robust guidelines and processes that will make efficient night time deliveries achievable for local authorities across the UK.

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Policy Manager leading on this issue, said:

“We are really pleased to be working closely with the Noise Abatement Society to achieve sensible savings in journeys, emissions and costs through night-time deliveries.

“Retailers don’t want to disturb residents and by providing real solutions we have come up with more than just a compromise – we are working to show that journey times, fuel economy and air quality, as well as stock turnaround, can be improved without affecting local residents’ right to a good night’s sleep.

We look forward to developing the concept of sustainable out-of-hours deliveries further with NAS and the wider adoption of such schemes.”

A three-month night time trial was undertaken at a large supermarket in Wandsworth in late 2007. Utilising NAS’ Silent Approach(TM) programme and the FTA’s toolkit, Delivering the Goods, the project showed that decibel levels, journey times, delivery costs and CO2 emissions were reduced and no noise-related complaints were made by local residents.

Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, Noise Abatement Society, said:

“Protecting the rights of local residents is of paramount importance. Anticipating the inevitability of the extension of delivery hours as a result of chronic congestion in our towns and cities, introducing quiet delivery practices now, under strict guidelines and independent monitoring ensures that the public will be protected throughout. Given the significant health and environmental gains to be made, it is critical to establish feasible and sustainable out of hours delivery practices. Doing so will also lessen daytime disturbance and enable quieter deliveries to become accepted as the norm.”

The work done by FTA and NAS shows that industry can collaborate with social action groups to find practical solutions to noise problems. It is hoped that Noise Action Week, which runs from 18 to 22 May, will push the issue of noise awareness further up the political and social agenda.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by FTA and the NAS on 13 May 2009.

2. Night time deliveries concern produce delivered to supermarkets and other outlets between midnight and 06.00.

3. Some of the key solutions and procedures identified by FTA and NAS to reduce noise during night-time deliveries include driver and staff training, the use of rubber matting and dock curtains and a strict roll cage, door and radio noise policy.

4. For a briefing pack on The Silent Approach™ trial in Wandsworth Borough Council please contact FTA on 01892 552255.

5. The Dutch Government first embarked on finding a standard for quiet delivery vehicles and equipment in 1999 and developed the PIEK certification scheme. For more information please contact NAS, licensed in the UK to award PIEK accreditation.

6. Established in 1959, the Noise Abatement Society, Registered Charity number 272040, operates in the UK and abroad to campaign, educate and develop programmes to aid the abatement of excessive and unnecessary noise and related pollutants such as CO2 emissions and air quality degradants from whatever source, for the benefit of all.

For further information please contact:

Noise Abatement Society’s press office on 01273 823 850 or email at info@noise-abatement.org, or FTA’s media team on 01892 552255 or, out of hours, on 07818 450425.

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