Your profile: Noise Monitoring



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Your profile: Noise Monitoring

To outline what actions his Department can take to reduce the adverse noise and vibration impact that heavy goods vehicles are having on properties in Hillsborough village.


Organisation: Regional Development

Source: Northern Ireland - NIA Written Answers Booklet

Date: 08.04.14

Mr Jonathan Craig

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline what actions his Department can take to reduce the adverse noise and vibration impact that heavy goods vehicles are having on properties in Hillsborough village. [AQO 5971/11-15]


Answer:

My Department, along with other competent authorities, including major Airports, Railways and Industry, is currently working towards a Noise Action Plan for Northern Ireland, in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Noise Regulations (NI) 2006.

In line with criteria for investigating areas for potential action in relation to noise from road traffic, the noise level used in the assessment is based on the 1% of the population affected by the highest noise levels. This equates to a road traffic noise of at least 75 decibels (dB).

As part of the Road Noise Action Plan, my Department has assessed the A1 dual carriageway at Hillsborough and the roads through Hillsborough village. As a result, the Hillsborough area has not been identified as a Candidate Noise Management Area (CNMA). The assessment results show noise levels in the Hillsborough area to be below 75dB and do not indicate noise mitigation measures are required at this time.

There are a significant number of properties and people within the Belfast area who are currently exposed to noise levels over 75dB, and therefore priority has been given to these areas, included as CNMA's in the proposed Action Plan.

There has been a lot of research work carried out on the issue of traffic induced vibrations over the years and I understand the general conclusion has been that, they have insufficient energy to cause damage to an otherwise sound structure.

Imperfections in the road surface are the main cause of vibration and the monitoring of surface condition is an important part in preventing traffic induced vibration. My Department inspects the footways and carriageway in this area on a cyclical basis and anything considered hazardous to the public, is identified and programmed for repair.


08/04/2014 [AQO 5971/11-15]

08 April 2014


For his assessment of whether existing powers for local government are sufficient to enforce the regulations on noise pollution on quarries.


Organisation: Environment

Source: Northern Ireland - NIA Written Questions

Date: 11.04.14

Mr Michael McGimpsey: To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of whether existing powers for local government are sufficient to enforce the regulations on noise pollution on quarries. [AQW 32934/11-15] (For answer 25/04/2014)


Transport


Organisation: Transport

Source: House of Commons - Commons Written Questions Tabled

Date: 09.04.14

Henry Smith (Crawley): If he will establish an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement. [196176] (For answer 28/04/2014)


Antisocial behaviour (stag and hen parties) - Westminster Hall debate


Organisation: House of Commons

Source: House of Commons - Commons Debate Summary

Date: 08.04.14

On Tuesday, Robert Syms (Con, Poole) secured a Westminster Hall debate about anti-social behaviour in relation to stag and hen parties in his constituency.

He explained that in the recent years there had been residential properties used "inappropriately" as party houses for stag and hen parties and that he had heard of stories of elderly people barricading themselves into their homes because of the noise.

He believed the issue was causing great distress and that it represented a real problem for his constituency.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker acknowledged that this could affect people and communities in "quite profound ways."

Baker said that tackling noise nuisance could be challenging and time-consuming and that some powers were available to local authorities.

Speaking about the current closure powers, the minister said these could be effective in some cases, but "they have never made it possible to close non-licensed premises quickly out of court, acting preventively on the likelihood of antisocial behaviour."

He went on to say there was a new closure power that was likely to bring victims "swift respite" and to be most effective.

Baker explained that the community protection notice could also be used against the home owner who was allowing the people attending a stag or hen party to act antisocially.

The minister concluded that the new powers that were to be introduced later on this year would allow councils and the police to deal with these situations.

08 April 2014

For his assessment of the impact on residents of south and east Belfast should the cap be lifted on passenger numbers at George Best Belfast City Airport.


Organisation: Environment

Source: Northern Ireland - NIA Written Answers Booklet

Date: 07.04.14

Mr Alex Maskey

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the impact on residents of south and east Belfast should the cap be lifted on passenger numbers at George Best Belfast City Airport. [AQO 5911/11-15]


Answer:

The Airport has formally submitted a request to the Department to vary the terms of the existing Planning Agreement to remove the Seats for Sale limit and replace it with a noise control contour cap.

The Department has not yet formed an opinion on the merits of the Airport's proposals which will be subject to an independent public inquiry to be held by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC). The potential impact on residents will ultimately depend on the size of the noise control contour which is finally agreed between the Department and the Airport following the inquiry. This control will, if agreed, operate in tandem with other restrictions and obligations that currently operate at the Airport.

It is the Department's intention to adopt a neutral stance at the public inquiry, pending the outcome. The purpose of the inquiry is to facilitate an open and informed debate and to allow the PAC to report on the evidence presented. Residents of south and east Belfast may wish to participate in the process. The inquiry will, among other things, consider the impact of noise on the local population.



I will make a final decision on if, and how the Planning Agreement should be modified following careful consideration of the PAC's findings.

07/04/2014 [AQO 5911/11-15]

07 April 2014

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