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May 2017 headlines

Experts hint at WHO direction

A high level European conference on noise has given the broadest hint yet on how WHO guidelines will change.

Airfield wins helicopter injunction appeal

Bickertons Aerodrome in Bucks has been back in the High Court due to noise from helicopter training which had been curtailed through an injunction – which has now been lifted (Noise Bulletin April 2016 p1).

Disability not relevant to noise complaint

Noise has featured in a High Court case on disability rights and housing policy.

Licensing changes mooted

Noise features highly in an important Lords Committee review of the 2003 Licensing Act. Recommendations include transferring licensing function to local authority planning committees and changes to Temporary Event Notices.

Cumulative assessments

A House of Commons Library briefing paper covers the issue of cumulative impact assessments for alcohol licensing.

Sainsburys delivery hours plea rejected

Sainsburys has had its application to extend hours for fuel deliveries at its Ely store rejected.

Germany sets heat pump noise policy

The German Environment Agency has issued noise guidelines for heat pumps due to complaints about annoying humming noises.

Skate ramp removal endorsed

A private skateboard ramp must be removed on noise and other grounds.

Infrasound: no health effects, says France...

French state public health group Anses says there is no evidence of health effects from wind turbine infrasound.

... and yet infrasound affects the brain

A German study on infrasound is being cited by wind turbine campaigners as evidence that low frequency noise can have health impacts.

Stansted complaints

Stansted departure flight paths were changed last year by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) which has led to a doubling of flights during the day on the easterly Clacton departure routes.

Loaels accepted by Government?

The outgoing government has accepted the use of a 54dbA contour as a ‘LOAEL’.

European noise exposure remapped

A new European Environment Agency briefing reveals around 100 million people are exposed to road traffic noise above 55dB in the 33 member countries of the EU. Of these, 32 million are exposed to very high noise levels (above 65dB).

EIA agreed
New environmental impact assessment rules come into force later this month.

Cornwall hit by MUGA costs

Cornwall Council should not have objected to floodlighting and extended hours at an all- weather sports ground at Falmouth School.

Merton escapes censure by Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has endorsed inaction by the London Borough of Merton when faced with a serial complainer.

Noise can lead to depression, researchers claim

German researchers believe that transport noise can lead to depression. They carried out a large case-control study said to be the first to assess and directly compare depression risks by aircraft, road traffic and railway noise.

Diabetes risk higher

Noise is a higher risk factor for diabetes than air pollution, claim Swiss researchers.

Night tube stores up trouble

Introduction of night services on the London Underground has highlighted the misery that can arise when tube lines are audible in homes above – but the problems can be hard to solve, says Lisa Russell.

City leads way with strategy

The days when local authorities could afford to spend time developing a noise strategy appear long gone. The City of London has bucked the trend and produced a draft strategy, finds Lis Stedman.