General Noise Stories
According to a UK Government survey published in 2014, 48% of people felt their home life was spoilt to some extent by noise and 52% reported that noise did not at all spoil their home life.
According to the latest UK Government survey published in 2014, 8% of people are extremely disturbed by traffic noise, with 55% bothered to some extent.
According to the latest UK Government survey published in 2014, 11% of people are extremely disturbed by neighbour noise, with 54% bothered to some extent.
According to the latest UK Government survey published in 2014, 4% of people are extremely disturbed by aircraft noise, with 31% bothered to some extent.
Wind farm noise generates many more complaints than equivalent levels of noise from most other sources, including road noise. Research says this could be due to as combination of low-frequency noise and flickering.
Piped Music/Background Noise
17% of people said piped music was the thing they most detested about modern life
It is estimated that underwater noise has doubled each decade during the past 50 years
All news articles above are from various media sources & not produced by UK Noise Association.
24/7/18: Main roads in central London to have 20mph speed limit by 2020. Will reduce road danger and cut noise
March 2018: Latest issue of World Transport Policy and Practice shows how towns and cities which move away from dependence on the car thrive
25/9/18: The Scottish Parliament will be considering a bill to make 20mph the national default speed limit in residential areas
18/9/18: A fascinating article in the Guardian on the reduction in noise, pollution and road deaths in the city that has banned cars:
9/8/18: A number of universities are introducing quieter halls of residents for students who want to be away from the noise of student life
29/7/18: The London borough of Hackney to insist new venues close at 11pm (midnight at weekends) to give local people some peace
3/8/18: Edinburgh Airport has submitted flight path changes after its earlier application was rejected by the Civil Aviation Authority
14/5/18: A moving blog about the impact on one man's mental health of living under a concentrated flight path with all-day flying
2/8/18: Powerful piece on why noise from "shipping, pile driving for oil & gas, wind farms, seismic exploration, sonar..." is driving whales towards extinction
20/7/18: The Canadian government to spend $26.6 million on research to help better understand noise pressures on marine mammals
14/2/18: Germany planning free public transport to reduce car use and pollution. It would also cut noise.
13/4/18: Interesting blog on how the Mayor of Barcelona aims to cut traffic by 21% to make the city more liveable
Sept 2018: The ever-reliable Noise Bulletin reports in its latest edition that Highways England, half way through its 5 year programme to deal with noise hotspots on roads, has just spent 7% of its budget and only completed 121 of its 1150 schemes. Noise Bulletin is subscription only:
25/9/18: Lambeth Council in South London has forced to change its noise policy after the Ombudsman found it had turned down 6,300 complaints since 2016, most of them for no good reason. The Ombudsman ruled that its policy of only agreeing to investigate an noise issue if at least 3 people complained was not acceptable:
19/7/18: Heathrow has published the key things people want from its new flight paths. Most want respite and for new areas to be avoided
9/7/18: Campaigners to fight ‘tooth and nail’ against any plans to lift flight cap at London City Airport
4/10/18: The Courts of Justice in London ruled that five challenges to Parliament’s decision to back a third runway earlier this year could go to a full court hearing in March 2019. In the meantime Heathrow Airport can still continue to draw up and consult on its detailed plans for a third runway.
26/7/18: Noise pollution has a devastating effect on the world's oceans. Find out what can be done to save our seas!