The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity whose remit is to raise awareness about noise pollution. Its internationally respected work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health, learning, productivity and social cohesion.
The John Connell Awards are named after the NAS’ far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These annual awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 14th year. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in reducing the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit. Over 150 recipients from local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals have been honoured for the significant impact they have made to improve the aural environment.
The 2015 John Connell Awards Ceremony, held last night, at the Palace of Westminster, and kindly hosted by Bob Neill, MP for Bromley & Chislehurst, was attended by local authorities, acoustics experts, companies committed to providing quieter products and services, high profile individuals who campaign for a more peaceful environment. Speakers included Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, and Duncan Price, Department of Transport.
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of NAS, and daughter of John Connell, said: ‘NAS congratulates Abbey Logistics UK for its commitment to reducing the noise impact of its heavy duty vehicle delivery movements, especially in City centres’
The John Connell Enterprise in Quiet Logistics Award recognises advances in low noise technology in transport, to facilitate quieter delivery and services. This Award was won by Abbey Logistics for its introduction of the first ‘silent’ DAF trucks in the UK to minimize the noise impact of its tankers when delivery to sensitive urban sites.
Abbey Logistics Group operates liquid and powder tanks and palletised trailers throughout the UK and Europe within its three logistics divisions. One of the company’s core concerns is to lessen the impact on the environment of the movement of its vehicles.
This Award was sponsored by the Freight Transport Association.