Does the level of noise complaints differ between Low Socioeconomic Areas and High Socioeconomic Areas in Swansea?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Noise by definition is an ‘unwanted sound judged to be unpleasant’ (Oxford Dictionaries 2016). It can be generated by a whole range of sources from barking dogs to the sounds generated on a construction site. A noise complaint occurs when an individual approaches their council as they feel a noise level generated by an activity is having a derogatory effect of their health / causing a nuisance. The effects of noise can be influenced by many factors such as the individual/ group affected and their vulnerability, socioeconomic status, business of an area etc. A study conducted by Tomlinson and Brunt (2013) suggested that complaints are excessively linked to deprivation and draws attention to the lack of academic studies highlighting the relationship between socioeconomic status and noise complaints. The present study investigates the potential of a link within various areas of Swansea. It aims to give an insight to the different factors affecting socioeconomic status (Income, Education and Health) and their relationship with noise complaints received by Swansea City Council within a specific time frame. The study examined the correlation between all the relevant factors making comparisons with other available research. The results of the study produced a positive relationship between socioeconomic status and noise complaints in the chosen areas of Swansea (Variety of Deprived, Some and Some not deprived and not deprived). The study surprisingly though showed no real relationship between noise complaints and the access to services. It recommends further research is needed to determine the true relationship between socioeconomic status and the rate of noise complaints in the whole region of Swansea City.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
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