Thursday, 22 October 2009

Filming with Councillor Jon Rogers

On a wet Tuesday afternoon we set out with Councillor Jon Rogers to film a short piece about traffic noise and quiet places in Bristol City Centre. Councillor Rogers is the Executive Member for Transport and Sustainability and is also a GP in Bristol. I wrote a short script for him and we filmed in two locations, the centre, and by Bristol Cathedral.
Jon did a number of takes and seemed quite confident in front of the camera. The video will be used to promote our consultation on traffic noise and I'm also hoping to use it in a talk I'll be doing at a conference on noise and health in Wales during November. The script is below, although Councillor Rogers ad - libbed it quite a bit!

Hi, I'm Jon Rogers, the ward councillor for Ashley and executive member for transport and sustainability. I'm also a GP and so I'm aware of the negative effects of stress on people's health. Exposure to noise is now recognised as a source of significant stress and that's why I'm backing efforts in Bristol to tackle traffic noise. 45% of people in Bristol report being annoyed by traffic noise and I think that's a worrying figure.

A noise action plan is being developed for the city to address the noise hot spots and also to protect the quiet places where people can get away from the noise and stress of modern city life. Bristol's lucky to have lots of green space and we're asking you to nominate your favourite quiet place using our unique interactive map - the link will appear at the end of the video. This is part of a consultation we've been running on traffic noise since January and it's really important, as it'll shape the noise action plan.

So far lots of people have expressed concern for traffic noise and support for action, including traffic management, quiet surfaces and lower speed limits. Thank you to everyone who has contributed views so far. We're looking forward to hearing from you about what you think about traffic noise in Bristol.

We're committed to openness and giving people a genuine opportunity to influence their local area, and I want to ensure that Bristol is as quiet, clean and stress - free as possible for everyone, so please use the links at the end of the video to have your say on traffic noise.

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