Noise Action Plan for Wales Published
The Welsh Assembly has published its Noise Action Plan 2013-18 following a consultation earlier in the year. Introducing the document, Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies said, ?Improving the local environment for our most disadvantaged citizens is one of my hugest priorities. Tackling noise pollution plays a key part in that approach and I believe it should be treated with particular seriousness when it coincides with other health factors such as poor air quality, anti-social behaviour, low housing standards and a lack of green space.?
The plan has sections on various noise sources including road traffic, rail, aircraft, and industrial noise. Noisy neighbourhoods are considered an increasing issue, with the Assembly pledging to review current practices of collection of statistical information relating to noise complaints while considering whether a single method of data collection in Wales would be of benefit.
As well as the public health effects of noise exposure, the impacts on the economy, new development and biodiversity are considered. The areas of Cardiff and Penarth, Newport and, Neath and Port Talbot are given particular prominence, with specific actions and long-term strategies included. Last year, Cardiff City Council received 1,609 domestic noise complaints related to amplified music alone.
Public Health Wales are charged with the responsibility of working closer with local authorities to enable them to understand more fully the direct and indirect health impacts associated with noise-related annoyance.
A full copy of A Noise Action Plan for Wales 2013-18 can be downloaded from: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/desh/publications/131217noise-action-plan-for-wales-en.pdf?