Monday, 18 May 2009

EPUK Road Traffic Noise Survey


An ICM poll conducted on behalf of the environmental pressure group EPUK shows that traffic noise causes annoyance for a third of people and that roughly 20% of people are woken up by traffic noise. What is even more interesting is that a vast majority of people believe that quiet places in cities should be protected. This could be enabled by the draft "template" action plans for noise that DEFRA unveiled a few weeks ago, which seem to include a substantial role for local authorities in the identification and protection of quiet areas.
The EPUK survey has been timed to coincide with the start of Noise Action Week, an annual event usually focussing on neighbourhood noise. Local authorities around the country are hosting a range of activities to raise awareness of noise and to tackle the causes of noise.
Residents in Bristol can have their say on transport noise through askbristol and can identify their favourite quiet space using Bristolstreets.co.uk.

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