|Aaagh not another dodgy report?|
GLERA: You've read through the report, it seems to say that the school playground won't cause any disturbance for residents.
GLERA: Hmmm what? Is there something we should know?
HAE: It estimates that the nearest sound receptors are “about 25m to the South”. In fact Basterfield house windows are 8.8m away from the playground.
GLERA: And that's important because?
HAE: Distance is the main form of attenuation of the noise from the playground - perimeter fencing won't have any effect for the first floor windows and above - its line of sight.
The assessment levels they have used are not correct (table 8.1). By definition, the levels in policy (LOAEL/SOAEL) are absolute levels and not variable.
HAE: Yep. Now ask about Ambient Noise.
GLERA: What about Ambient Noise? That's the background level at our windows now right?
GLERA: How do we check?
HAE: Here, borrow one our sound meters. Check the background noise at different times of day
GLERA: Anything else?
HAE: Give it back when you're done.
We checked the typical (Ambient) noise levels at Basterfield House. they hovered around 50-55 decibels in the mornings, went down slightly in the afternoons. Here's what we found out:
RCS Noise Report 2 from Charles Humphries on Vimeo.