Draft Noise Action Plan 2019 – 2023
The Environmental Noise Directive, 2002/49/EC, relates to the assessment and management of environmental noise. Member states are required to:
- Undertake strategic noise mapping to determine exposure to environmental noise.
- Ensure information on environmental noise and its effects are made available to the public.
- Adopt Noise Action Plans, based upon the noise-mapping results, with the objective of preventing and reducing environmental noise where necessary and preserving environmental noise quality where it is good.
The Directive was transposed into Irish law by Environmental Noise Regulations 2006, S.I. No. 140 of 2006.
It is important to note the Noise Action Plans is limited to major noise sources as follows:
- Agglomerations with a population greater than 100,000
- Major roads with more than 3 million vehicle passages per year
- Major railways with more than 30,000 train passages per year
- Major airport with 50,000 or more movements per year
County Kilkenny’s only major noise source for the purpose of this plan is major roads.
This document does not relate to general noise nuisance from domestic, commercial or environmental sources. Information on general noise nuisance can be found here.