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Noise in Council Flats

Blissful long summer days with children playing outside late into the evening. In Smethwick not everyone is enjoying the fun.

Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins

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Noise pollution was a big issue in the 1960s: from the whine of the jet engine to the ever increasing throb of traffic. In the summer of 1965 in Smethwick there was a drive to reduce this issue by separating families with (noisy) children from those without. Gwyn Richards investigates for ATV Today discovering that although some would benefit from a quieter life at least one person can foresee a ghetto for the old and childless.