Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Noise Press Release

This was picked up by Heart FM and was run as their main story. Also appeared in the Evening Post yesterday. Our original release is below.

++ Shout about traffic noise ++

45% of people in Bristol are bothered by traffic noise in the city, according to the Quality of Life Survey carried out by the city council.

A noise action plan will shortly be written for the city by DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in partnership with the council to address the noise hot spots and protect the quiet places where people can get away from traffic noise*. To help shape the plan, the city council is asking for local residents to give their views on traffic noise in Bristol.

The council has launched a consultation website at www.askbristol.com/noise, where residents, workers and visitors can:
-plot their favourite quiet areas on an online map
-give their views in the online discussion
-watch videos and vox pops to see what other people think
-find out more by reading the noise blog

The project is being headed up by Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, Cllr Jon Rogers, who has recorded his own video for the website. Traffic noise is a worrying problem for nearly half the population in Bristol and we are determined to do everything we can to deal with it. We are lucky in that we have lots of green space and we need to ensure this is protected for the future.

This consultation exercise is a real opportunity for people to have an influence on their local area and help make Bristol as quiet, clean and stress-free as possible. We want everyone to log onto this website and have their say.

The consultation website is already up and running and will close 31st December 2009. The findings will be reported back to DEFRA and will feed into DEFRAs current consultation on the Noise Action Planning process. This lasts until Christmas 2009 and the Noise Action Plan for Bristol will be published in 2010.

ENDS

* The hot spots are shown in a map recently published by DEFRA: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/noise-action-plan/pdf/bristol-agglomeration.pdf

Cllr Rogers video can be seen by clicking on the link on www/askbristol.com/noise or going to www.youtube.com/bristolcitycouncil.

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