Tipperary County Council is seeking submissions from the public on its Draft Noise Action Plan 2018.
The draft plan and associated maps are available for inspection from Wednesday, 16th October, 2019 to Thursday, 28th November, 2019.
The Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) aims to put in place a European wide system for identifying sources of environmental noise, informing the public about relevant noise data and taking the necessary steps to avoid, prevent or reduce noise exposure.
The Directive was transposed into Irish Law by S.I. 140 2006, known as the Environmental Noise Regulations. This Noise Action Plan has been prepared in accordance with those regulations and is aimed at the strategic long term management of environmental noise from transport systems. The regulations apply to environmental noise including noise emitted from traffic, rail and aircraft.
They do not apply to noise from domestic activities, neighbourhood noise, work place noise etc.
In accordance with the regulations, Strategic Noise Maps and Noise Action Plans are required to be prepared for major roads, major railways, major airports and large towns defined as follows:
- Major Roads – Roads with more than 3 million vehicle passages per year;
- Major Railways – Railways with more than 30,000 train passages per year;
- Major Airports – Airports with more than 50,000 movements (take-off or landing) per year;
- Large Towns – Agglomerations with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
In County Tipperary, as there are no major railways, airports or agglomerations as defined above noise from major roads was considered in the Noise Action Plan.
Strategic Noise Maps were prepared for all motorways, national roads and non-national roads with more than 3 million vehicle passages per year in County Tipperary.
Based on these maps, population exposures to various noise bands were estimated. As there are no statutory limits in place in relation to environmental noise exposures at EU or national level the Plan includes recommended levels for assessment of noise mitigation measures due to road traffic noise.
The purpose of this plan is to undertake to manage the existing noise environment and protect the future noise environment within the action planning area. Strategic issues identified in the plan shall be considered by the Roads, Planning and Environment Authorities of Tipperary County Council.
The Draft Noise Action Plan and associated maps can be accessed by the links below and are also available for inspection during normal working hours of 9:30 to 16:30 from Wednesday, 16th October, 2019 to Thursday, 28th November, 2019, and excluding public holidays, at the following locations:
- Clonmel Civil Offices;
- Nenagh Civic Offices;
Strategic Noise Maps are available for viewing online at the following links:
To Make a Submission:
Submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Noise Action Plan may be made through the online form here, in writing by letter or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrive not later than 5pm on Thursday, 28th November, 2019, to the address below and should be headed:
“Draft Noise Action Plan”
Roads Capital Office,
Tipperary County Council,