The noisiest areas of Aberdeen have been picked out in a Scottish Government investigation.
Five sites have been identified as points where people are most likely to be annoyed by road and rail noise.
Broomhill Road at Anderson Drive is one of the areas highlighted by experts, along with King Street at St Machar Drive and Alford Place where it meets Union Street.
The areas around North Esplanade West and Riverside Drive are affected by rail noise.
Maps were produced as part of Scottish Government regulations, which could see action plans agreed to reduce noise pollution.
It is set to be approved at next week’s public protection committee meeting and will go before ministers later this month. Aberdeen City Council will have the ability to conduct further reports into the problem with a view to finding solutions.
However, officers will have no power to tackle problems such as antisocial behaviour.
A report to the committee said: “Strategic noise maps were created by acoustic consultants on behalf of the Scottish Government using noise prediction modelling software.
“A noise map is rather like a weather map for noise but it shows areas that are relatively louder or quieter by contours joining points having the same level of noise.
“Modelling criteria include types of traffic, traffic volume and speed as well as environmental features such as buildings and types of ground.”
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The area around Westfield Park has been earmarked as a proposed quiet area – one which could benefit for protection from noise pollution.
New rules have already been introduced to protect existing live music venues from noise complaints by people moving in close to them.
Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells councillor Martin Greig said: “It is welcome to see the problem of noise being addressed.
“However, there is little that can be done to tackle this nuisance.
“It helps to identify the worst areas but the exercise is of limited use when there is no extra action that can be taken to make the environment more peaceful.”
Kingswells, Sheddocksley and Summerhill councillor David Cameron added: “My initial thought is ‘how far does this go?’.
“I have been working around environmental health since the 1970s and noise has always been one of the most complained-about areas.
“The report will go to the Scottish Government to comply with the legislation, but there are no enforcement powers associated with it.
“I certainly think it is a good idea in principle.”