Just like dad – Gloria made OBE for battle against noise
PUBLISHED: 16:41 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06 13 December 2017
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The Bromley-born businesswoman who runs the Noise Abatement Society has been made an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace 26 years after her father received exactly the same honour.
Gloria Elliott was nominated for the award in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June.
She took over running of the world famous organisation from her father John Connell who founded the charitable foundation in 1959.
The society said the award to Gloria, its chief executive, once again highlights the importance of everyone’s right to peace and quiet.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Gloria was honoured for services to awareness of and solutions to pollution from noise.
Both John and Gloria were born and brought up in Bromley.
Gloria said: “My father realised in the 1950s that the damaging effect of excessive noise on health, productivity and social cohesion was seriously underestimated. Because of his bold actions, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK, giving people a right to peace and quiet.
“Today, vibrancy is exciting and necessary in our fast-paced lives, but that can only be valued if there is also the opportunity to choose the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off – working closely with industry and government the NAS offers pioneering and pragmatic solutions for those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.”
She said: “My father lobbied for the statutory nuisance laws in 1960 and it is because of his tireless work that today we can all enjoy some peace and quiet.”
And she added: “Even now, the UK is one of only a handful of countries in the world where laws exist to protect against excessive noise giving the public legal redress.”
The Noise Abatement Society still works to raise awareness about and find solutions to noise pollution.
Now internationally respected, it work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health, wellbeing, learning, and productivity.
It also operates a helpline for people to ask for help or get advice on keeping the peace.