Brighton & Hove
Brighton & Hove is a & thriving city with 250,000 residents. Brighton was the first authentic seaside resort in the country - developing as a resort from 1750 and increasing rapidly in size from the early-mid 19th century onwards. In the latter decades of the twentieth century, the resort function diminished significantly as the masses turned to Europe for guaranteed sunshine holidays.
More recently the visitor industry has bounced back, and Brighton & Hove now receives 8 million visitors a year making it the 8th most popular tourist destination in the UK.
The city enjoys a reputation for tolerance, creativity and innovation. We are the UK's only city by the sea and the only city in the UK with a Green Party administration Green Member of Parliament and Green MEP.
Since the mid-1990s the economy has enjoyed impressive economic growth and is now a key driver of the south east regional economy, with increases in enterprise and decreases in unemployment over the past 10 years. The city has a young, well educated working population - more than one third of residents aged 20-39 years and nearly 29% of adult residents hold a degree or equivalent qualification. This is largely a result of in-migration of educated people, and the two universities, which have around 32,000 students.
To balance the needs of the tourist and night time - economy against the demands of residents has led us to explore different ways of tackling the noise issues we face along with the more usual noise problems experienced by European cities.
We have been working on noise related issues with the Cost Action Network ISO WG 54 Soundscape of European Cities and hosted two international conferences of this group. We have also participated in and are members of WG Noise chaired by Henk Wolfert.
Other developments in the field of Sound are the production of a citywide Noise Map which takes into account the perception of noise and an experimental Soundscape intervention "West Street Story" which was the subject of a published paper at Internoise 2012 held in New York.
Planning and consultation work is currently taking place around the regeneration of a city centre linear park which is seriously compromised by traffic noise, as well as the regeneration of Brighton Rail Station environs and a local shopping district which experience similar problems. We have also recently become involved in research and remedies to tackle the impact of emergency vehicle sirens on neighbourhoods.
Brighton & Hove