Upturn in complaints about noise, odour pollution

Public complaints about noise and odour pollution increased sharply in 1990/1, according to the annual report of the Institution of Environmental Health Officers (IEHO).1 Air pollution offences appear to have levelled off, but signs are emerging that the squeeze on local authorities' finances is damaging their capacity to protect air quality.

The report is based on questionnaire returns by 300 local authorities. Only 252 responded to the 1989/90 survey, so that comparisons of the two years' statistics need to be made with caution.

  • Noise pollution: Steep increases in public complaints about noise were recorded in 1990/1 for almost all sources, continuing the long-running trend.

    Complaints about domestic noise increased most sharply, rising from 62,416 in 1989/9

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