Increase in environmental noise.

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Dear European Environment Agency,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

Dear Environment (ENV),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

1/ when an environmental impact assessment is used in order to achieve planning for a new road does the assessment have a shelf life ie can our local authority dismiss the assessment and increase noise levels by 25 to 35 dba.

2/ Is the END mandatory or for guidance only.

3/ we live and work alongside this road and we were assured that road noise would not alter by any more than 0.6 db until
the date of 2022 the authority has surface dressed the road with a 14/6 mm aggregate this is ruining our home life and business is there a maximum size aggregate that they must use.

4/ as a business owner i am not allowed to increase environmental noise and we would be prosecuted under UK environmental law is there no such law to control increase in noise by the authorities.

5/ in England we have the noise policy statement for England
this closely mimics the main ethos of the END however our Government has classed it as a vision and our local authority
exploits this and they do not consider it as important please explain to us why our government has not embraced the
END and why are they not fined for infarction.

6/ having complained to our local authority on many occasions we are unable to alter the situation as it appears
the directors refer everything back to highways and all they do is feed us information that is misleading.
no scoping was carried out.
no environmental assessment was carried out.
no consultation prior to the works being carried out was undertaken.
the first we knew was when they lifted the temporary speed control.

if i am asking the wrong department then please refer me to the correct one.

we have contacted our minister for dept for transport who has not even responded and we are now in what seems a hopeless situation and we do hope that you can offer us some hope.

Yours faithfully,
Brian Dinsdale

Mette MÜLLER, Agence européenne pour l’environnement

Dear Brian Dinsdale ,

Thank you for your interest in the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Please be informed that the EEA is the EU agency responsible for providing information on the European environment. The EEA collects environmental data from the Member Countries, other EU institutions and international organisations. Based on this information, we produce reports on various environmental topics. As you can see from this description, the EEA doesn't deal with the kind of environmental impact assessments you refer to. The EEA is also not involved in the management of the END Directive. It is the Directorate-General for the Environment of the EU Commission, which is responsible for this Directive, and who can provide you with answers.

Hence, your questions about EIA's and the END Directive should be directed to Brussels. The homepage of the DG Environment is located at
You can contact DG Environment directly at

The homepage of DG Environment offers a section about environmental assessments at If this source do not provide you with enough information, you may wish to gain further assistance about EIAs by utilising the following contact information The International association for impact assessment may also be able to provide you with some useful information. Their website can be found at:

Information about the END Directive is also to be found on the homepage of DG Environment

I attach also a link to the noise-part of our website, where you can retrieve our latest publications on this issue

Hope this is helpful.

Mette Müller
European Environment Agency | Kongens Nytorv 6 | 1050 Copenhagen K | Denmark
Tel: (+45) 3343 5902 | Email [email address]

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