John Connell Awards
The John Connell Awards, launched in 2000, and now in their 19th year, are held at the Palace of Westminster to recognise and promote innovative ideas and solutions from local authorities, industry and individuals that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community to improve the aural environment.
The John Connell Awards are named after NAS’s 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 unique awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, 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 250 recipients from local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals have now been honoured for the significant impact they have made to improve the aural environment.
John Connell Awards 2021 was held in the Terrace Pavilion, Palace of Westminster, on Wednesday, 20th October 2021. We are delighted that the Minister Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra and Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds kindly presented the awards, and so pleased that Colonel Bob Stewart DSO, Member of Parliament for Beckenham, once again, kindly hosted the event.
The John Connell Awards are open to local authorities, industry and organisations throughout the UK and Europe. The awards recognise innovative services, campaigns, products and programmes that are shining examples of community co-operation, education and creative solutions to solve noise pollution problems and improve soundscapes. For the 2021 Awards, projects which have been carried out during the past 48 months are eligible. Planning and works may have commenced prior to this period, and the positive results may be ongoing.