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Submissions now being accepted for the John Connell Awards 2017

This year’s John Connell Awards are kindly hosted by Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal and will be held on Tuesday 31st October at the Palace of Westminster. Recognising innovative services, campaigns, products and programmes that are shining examples of community co-operation, education and creative solutions to solving noise pollution problems.


Open to local authorities, industry and organisations throughout the UK.

  • Projects which have been carried out during the past 24 months are eligible.
  • Planning may have commenced prior to this period, and the positive results may be ongoing.


Your submission should describe:

  • The nature of the noise problem requiring attention
  • The approach taken to understanding the problem
  • A description of the solution or initiative
  • The time span of the project
  • Evidence of the impact of the consequent results

Maximum length of submissions is 600 words, excluding any relevant supporting documentation.

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Creative solutions
  • Community benefits
  • Noise education
  • Multi-agency/ stakeholder approach
  • Sustainability

Please submit your entry to with your name, department, local authority or company name, address and telephone number, by Friday 22nd September 2017.

There is no entry fee and confirmation of submission receipt will be sent by return. The Awards Team may contact you to request further information to support your submission.

The Shortlist will be announced on September 29th 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the John Connell Awards when the winner and highly commended runners up will be named and receive their trophies.

NAS will run a media campaign on the John Connell Awards to include details of shortlisted and winning entries. If there are any parts of your submission that you wish to remain confidential, please inform us at the time of submission.

For further information, email or telephone 01273 823850.

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Nature Trumps Nurture


Owl wings are formed like no other bird. The noise dampening effect from the unique structure of the wings has informed a new development in the world of product design.

Will aircraft and wind turbine structures of the future mirror the stealthy barn owl and put a stop to invasive noise experienced by distraught residents near flight paths and wind farms?

Click here to read the full article.

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Future wind farm sites to be decided locally

wind turbine

Hooray for Government Minister Amber Rudd!

Future Wind Farm sites decided locally will enable an informed debate to take place specific to the local environment, leading to a consensus that can reached by those who will be affected.

Click here to read the full article in the Telegraph.

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I’m doing my own thing – what’s it got to do with you?


Last week, the media jumped on the news that a young women was sent to jail for having noisy sex. There were mixed reviews from readers, many commenting that this was a step too far. However, from those who are constantly under huge stress brought about by excessively noisy neighbours, there is a level of agreement about the sentence imposed.

We all make a certain amount of noise, we are, after all, only human.

But when does doing your own thing loudly become a totally unacceptable and selfish way to behave? When does your uncontrolled volume become somebody else’s business?

The detrimental effect of unwanted noise on quality of life is really underestimated – until it happens to you.

The noise goes on and on; you get irritated, angry, stressed and tolerance goes out of the window.

If you are suffering from noise, we are here to help. Download our helpsheet here.

Alternatively, contact our helpline on 01273 823 850 or email us at – calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

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Ivor Cutler

ivor cutler


Cult eccentric Ivor Cutler was a loyal and lifelong member of the Noise Abatement Society: “I’m a very sensitive man and I’m very sensitive to noise…” He hated loud applause, always carried earplugs with him and banned whistling in appreciation of his work. When performing, Ivor explained “I play as quiet as I can get away with because that’s how I want to communicate it.”


Ivor challenged the normal and invited his audience to enjoy his humorous perception of the world around us. The Scottish poet, songwriter and performer was recently celebrated in a musical about his creative and colourful life. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler received glowing reviews with his timeless works continuing their appeal to all generations.


His art is incredibly accessible and provokes a range of emotions. A cult following was built through regular radio exposure on the BBC. Through a career spanning over four decades he built a huge portfolio of audio and visual work, including over twenty John Peel sessions and a role in the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.


The Noise Abatement Society salutes you Ivor Cutler!

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