Noise and Health Effects

Noise and Health The World Health Organisation provide a very useful definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We know that noise has an effect on one’s well-being. Furthermore, we know that our quality of life or well-being canContinue reading “Noise and Health Effects”

Covid-19 and Noise – Neighbour Noise Intensified or Temporary Respite?

Neighbour Noise Intensified – Lockdown Noise In some areas it has been reported that nuisances due to neighbour noise have risen. Many will have, certainly, noticed that the number of bonfires taking place mushroomed in the first couple of weeks of ‘lockdown’. Being stuck next to a nuisance neighbour whilst being confined to your homeContinue reading “Covid-19 and Noise – Neighbour Noise Intensified or Temporary Respite?”

Noise from Neighbours – Loud Parties

Noisy Party? – Noise from Neighbours Have you got a problem with noise from neighbours? Is this a one-off or are your neighbours regular party animals? One-off birthday celebrations, such as 21st or 60th birthday parties, are normally accepted as consequence of everyday life and behaviour. Local authorities are more likely to take action againstContinue reading “Noise from Neighbours – Loud Parties”

The Need for Sound Measurements in Noise Evidence

The Need for Acoustic Evidence in Nuisance Cases We read with interest two recent articles from Environmental Health News reviewing two recent noise cases where the subject of acoustic evidence was brought up. The first1 made mention of Southampton City Council v Odysseas2 in a High Court judgement that resulted in the local authority loosingContinue reading “The Need for Sound Measurements in Noise Evidence”

Checking a New Property for Noise

New Property Noise – Prospective Home Buyers or Renters Our noise surveys have shown that living in close proximity to neighbours is likely to increase your chances of suffering from noise problems. With more and more properties being squeezed into smaller spaces and the country becoming increasingly populated we all need to be wise toContinue reading “Checking a New Property for Noise”

Who is Most Likely to Complain About Noise?

Who is most likely to complain about noise? This article provides some more information about the people who complain about noise. We’ve provided plenty of information previously, following our noise surveys, that highlights the problems that people in densely populated areas suffer with. More recently we looked into the age and gender profiles of peopleContinue reading “Who is Most Likely to Complain About Noise?”

Planning for Noise is Child’s Play

Planning for Noisy Children We regularly receive enquiries citing concerns about childrens’ play areas and noisy children; including outdoor sports areas, playgrounds and, even, nurseries. ‘The sound of from children playing – what could be so terrible about that?’ you may ask. Well, nothing in itself, but if a well-meaning local Councillor decided that aContinue reading “Planning for Noise is Child’s Play”

A Night Out with the Noise Police

A Night Out with the Noise Police We recently spent a night out with the noise police (or as they are more accurately referred to the “environmental health officers”) on one of their weekend night shifts. We joined them in a predominantly urban local authority area in the south of England (Glasgow have also made account of their own experience). Fewer CouncilsContinue reading “A Night Out with the Noise Police”

Guide to Live and Amplified Music

Live Music Noise There have been a number of locally or nationally focused noise control guidance documents produced over the years concerned with live music noise. Some came about to serve a demand for guidance in the assessment and control of noise from premises such as pubs and clubs. One or two others were intendedContinue reading “Guide to Live and Amplified Music”