Hamburg - In survey by the Hamburg Environment Agency on noise pollution in the Hanseatic city, 85 percent of the more than 4,300 participants stated that they found the street noise too loud. Most of the respondents also feel disturbed by it within their own apartment. Buses and trucks are the biggest nuisance during the day, while at night there are many complaints about speeders and noisy motorcycles. With the survey, the authority wants to receive information for its noise action plan, which has to be updated at regular intervals this year.
"The high response to the survey shows: Noise is an environmental problem of great relevance to politics so far was underestimated, ”said Environment Senator Jens Kerstan (Greens). It drives people, consideration is an important aspect. Everyone can contribute to reducing noise with their behavior and driving style.
Nine out of ten respondents would like quieter living environment. Around two thirds of the participants are worried about their health because of the noise. Just as many say that they can sleep worse due to noise. Almost one in four also said that they had already moved to Hamburg because the noise was nuisance.
Three quarters of those surveyed are in favor of consistently stopping air traffic after 11 p.m. In order to reduce noise pollution, the environmental authority has launched program to promote passive noise protection measures - six million euros are available and can be accessed.
Citizens were able to take part in the survey from May 22 to June 19 participate in the Internet. 17 questions had to be answered. According to the authorities, between 120,000 people in Hamburg during the day and 133,000 people at night are exposed to road noise that is hazardous to health. The noise action plan is based on an EU directive, according to which noise protection measures based on the results of the survey must be adapted every five years. Hardly any of the respondents knew that such plan even existed.