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Northampton’s environmental health team to talk to residents about impact of noise

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Officers from Northampton Borough Council’s environmental health team and neighbourhood wardens will be raising awareness about the impact of noise later this month.

Highlighting the impact that noise has on people’s health and well-being is the focus of Noise Action Week 2014 which is being supported by Northampton Borough Council.

Throughout Noise Action Week, from May 19 to 21, Northampton Borough Council’s environmental health team and neighbourhood wardens will be out and about in the town to raise awareness of noise issues for people who make noise and noise sufferers.

As well as raising general awareness of the issue across the town, a group of officers and wardens will spend time in Castle Ward talking to residents and giving advice.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Noise makers don’t always realise that the noise they are making is irritating or annoying others. Usually asking them to keep the noise down is enough, but if that doesn’t work and the problem becomes more extreme then we can step in to help. Last year we issued 625 official warnings and 12 Noise Abatement Notices.

“Education and awareness raising are also important ways to tackle the issue. Summer is one of our busiest times for noise complaints and so Noise Action Week gives us a good opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of noise and the impact it can have on people’s health. We would ask everyone to be considerate towards their neighbours and keep noise levels down.”

Research shows that noise is important to people’s happiness and physical and mental health well-being.

According to figures quoted by Environmental Protection UK, which co-ordinates Noise Action Week, most neighbourhood complaints to local authorities are about noise. Over 78 per cent of councils who responded to a Freedom of Information request by Churchill Insurance reported a total of more than 200,000 noise complaints between January and September 2013.

Figures from Public Health England for 2012 show that nationally 7.5 per cent of the population were negatively affected by noise. In Northamptonshire the figure was 8.2 per cent and in Northampton’s Castle Ward the percentage of people affected by noise was even more, at 8.7 per cent.

For more information about noise nuisance and what to do visit www.northampton.gov.uk/noise or to report noise nuisance call 0300 330 7000 or email ehealth@northampton.gov.uk.

 

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