The government has recently pledged £411bn of major infrastructure projects as well as fast-track new fracking applications around the country but there are concerns about the effects related noise nuisance can have on people’s health.
Noise is thought to cause over 43,000 hospital admissions and 10,000 premature deaths across Europe every year. ITV News consumer editor Chris Choi also reveals how noise can affect people’s health – even when they sleep.
Professor Stephen Stansfeld, from the Queen Mary University of London, explains exposure to noise “causes an increase in your body’s physiological arousal, so your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure goes up”.
Official noise maps are aimed at identifying those most at risk of suffering from the effects of exposure to sources of noise, so that action can be taken to address the issue.
It also revealed in more than half of locations where a decision has been made that noise reduction measures would be possible, beneficial action was turned down due to lack of funds and that 1 in 15 roadside locations identified as needing noise reduction measures have received it.