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CIEH England Noise Survey 2021

About the survey

We are aware that environmental health professionals are heavily involved in supporting efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and we appreciate that many of you are continuing to be especially busy as we emerge from national lockdown restrictions.

2020 has been unlike any other, with large proportions of the public suddenly moving to working or studying from home. This survey should help to reveal how local authorities and members of the public have coped with noise during this unusual time. We will also be using the data as an opportunity to highlight the vital work that environmental health professionals have been doing in the past year, balancing the needs of the pandemic with the usual support provided to communities. 

The deadline this year will be Tuesday 31 August 2021

If you have any difficulties completing this survey or need to contact us for any reason, please email: policy@cieh.org


Why is the CIEH noise survey important?

Our noise survey provides the only source of regular national information on the important contribution made by EH professionals working to resolve noise complaints. The information collected is used in official Government statistics and this survey is the only one of its kind in England. Please see our report of last year’s data here.

Data from the CIEH survey has been adopted into the Public Health Outcomes Framework, which is administered by Public Health England (PHE). This provides an important link between noise and health outcomes. As the department responsible for setting national policy on noise, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), also draw on CIEH noise data. The data was also referenced in the Chief Medical Officer annual report of 2017 to emphasise the importance of noise as a public health issue.

Benjamin Fenech, Group Leader at Public Health England, said:

“Neighbour and neighbourhood noise is an important determinant of public health. The CIEH noise survey provides the only publicly-available comprehensive source of information on noise complaints in England and PHE uses this dataset as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework. These noise indicators are routinely used at a national and local level to demonstrate the importance of noise as a public health problem and the vital contribution made by Environmental Health Practitioners working to resolve noise issues. Therefore, it is very important that as many Local Authorities as possible respond to the CIEH noise survey.”


How will we use this data?

We will be sharing the data received with colleagues at DEFRA and PHE. CIEH will also use it to inform media press releases to highlight the work of EHPs. We will publish the data in an anonymised, aggregated form by region.

You can find past reports summarising the data here at www.cieh.org/policy/noisesurvey.

How you can help

By providing us with information on the number of noise complaints received in a 12-month period (April 2020 until March 2021) and your work to resolve these in your local area. We are interested in as much or as little data you can provide – everything is useful.

Is data collected just for England?

This survey is only collecting data for England. However, we will be collecting data on Wales in a separate survey, due to be launched shortly. We do not collect data for Northern Ireland and Scotland as they have their own data collections systems in place, led by the devolved administrations there. No such collections exist in England and Wales.

What data do I have to provide?

Minimum required information:
  • Total number of noise complaints received
  • Total number of abatement notices served
  • Total number of other formal actions taken on noise
  • Total number of prosecutions
  • Staffing allocations for noise-related work

Additional (optional) information:
  • Breakdowns of noise complaints by sector
  • Powers available to your LA to tackle noise complaints

Who runs the survey?

CIEH collect the data, analyse the results and publish these as part of a report on our website. This year, we are supported by Cirrus Research plc and also by the Noise Abatement Society.

Established in 1970, Cirrus Research is a globally recognised name in scientific noise measurement equipment, serving health and safety and environmental health professionals in all parts of the world. Noise changes lives, and Cirrus Research’s priority is to make monitoring, measuring, and controlling excessive noise levels as straightforward as possible, whilst ensuring that the most effective decisions are taken to protect people and the environment from the risks noise presents. Cirrus Research has a long-standing relationship with local government environmental health officers, housing associations and independent acoustic consultants. Cirrus Research actively contributes to the successful resolution of noise nuisance complaints by supporting EHOs with market-leading instrumentation that provides in-depth data and analysis.

We are also working with the Noise Abatement Society (NAS). The NAS is a registered UK charity whose founder lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960. For over sixty years NAS has worked tirelessly through education, research and partnerships to find, develop and trial practical and sustainable solutions to noise pollution for the public benefit.


Your data and GDPR

By submitting data to this survey, you are agreeing to give CIEH access to the information submitted, including your name and contact details. The data from this survey will be collected and analysed by CIEH. CIEH may share the data on noise with other organisations but we will never share your contact details or personal information with third parties.