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SoundScapeIssue 0246Catherine Bennett catches up with environmental health professional John Sibson who spearheaded the highly successful quiet night time delivery programme for a major London superstoreLocal herothe Wandsworth job

SoundScapeIssue 0247A mild mannered man with an indulgence for renovating and racing classic Minis, John Sibson, noise control expert and senior environmental services officer at Wandsworth Council, is not adverse to making some noise - he just knows how to keep the neighbours happy. Chair of Mini Owners, London & Surrey branch, and organiser of the annual London to Brighton race, Sibson has a flair for calm communication and managing challenging logistics. Qualities which made him the obvious choice for spearheading the first Silent ApproachT delivery programme in the UK.Minis safely immobilized in the workshop, and working strictly within the remit of the law, Sibson's meticulous management of equipment and manpower during Wandsworth's night time delivery scheme was not unlike the vigilance and precision planning required by his counterpart in the classic British movie, The Italian Job. The premise may have seemed unfeasible but somehow the master plan worked like clockwork. For Sibson at least, there was no cliff hanger ending, just a well stocked store and happy residents. We caught up with Sibson on a sunny afternoon in Brighton to ask him what it takes to be a local hero.How are people affected by noise?Everyone is aware of the health dangers of being exposed to loud or needless noise, and most people, when they are subjected to it, just get angry. Loud TVs, car alarms, careless deliveries and construction works are all regular complaints for our team. However, some people live in fear and deep distress as they feel they are exposed to unacceptable levels of noise, and in these cases our job is to support them by listening and adding context to their noise annoyance.What projects are you particularly proud to have been involved with?In 2008, Wandsworth Council initiated, with the help of the NAS, a 12-week Silent ApproachT trial with a local branch of