Noise Pollution

This measure relates to:
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"I think that building on the Port hills should be limited so that we can still enjoy them as a place to go out in years to come. I'd love to see Christchurch starting a sustainable transport programme, perhaps installing electric trains etc."  [City Health Profile participant]

Noise pollution is difficult to define because, outside occupational areas, one person's noise may be another person's enjoyment.  Noise pollution is considered under the Resource Management Act 1991 to be excessive noise under human control that unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort and convenience of other people.  Long-term exposure to noise has been associated with stress and with increased risk of heart attacks, poor educational and work performance, absenteeism, aggression and depression. Children are particularly sensitive to all types of noise.

Between 1991 and 2009, the number of noise complaints (excluding barking dogs) received by the Christchurch City Council increased from 4,115 to 13,344 per year, with residential complaints making up 92% of complaints in making up 92% of complaints in 2009.

Read the full issue summary for noise pollution [PDF].

"More consideration by local authorities in the way land use decisions are made so that they enhance community connectedness rather than being money gathering issues between developers and local authorities. Transport planning should shift from a focus on cars - roads are important but many roading decisions make things less safe for cyclists and pedestrians. Planning decisions (such as schools and child care centres) being allowed on busy roads are wrong and just encourage more people to travel by car and contribute to road congestion"  [City Health Profile participant]