RAFAEL FONTALBA, chief of the Los Alamos Local Police, has revealed complaints about noise pollution have fallen over the last two years.
Fontalba said the number of complaints filed by residents had fallen to 15 so far this year, 12 of which were aimed at bar Kokun.
Fontalba said the local police’s Green Patrol, in which 16 officers work in three teams, patrolling the streets, have helped decrease noise complaints. He said those who complained were “mostly families,” prompting the council to change closing times of establishments playing music. A source said, “under previous council teams, chiringuitos (beach bars) closed at 5am on normal days and 6am on festival days,” adding, “since the beginning of our government we have worked to raise awareness of owners of the importance of not exceeding permitted levels.”
The news come after Eastern Costa del Sol town, Rincon de la Victoria, is considering imposing a series of measures to control noise pollution.
The legislation proposes creating almost one hundred “sensitive acoustic zones” where noise and thermal vibrations would be monitored and regulated.
The scheme, which has the support of hotels and businesses, aims to protect the health and rights of residents, as well as improving the town. The bill establishes a detailed classification of public spaces according to their use. The areas will then be divided into protected zones, acoustically saturated zones, quiet zones and zones of acoustic conflict.
Amplifiers, TVs, videos and radios will not be allowed on terraces or shop façades except with special authorisation. However public musical performances will not be subject to authorisation as long as they do not harm the public.
Under the new law food and drink will no longer be served after 2am and firecrackers and fireworks will be prohibited outside of authorised zones. Pet owners will also be required to take “necessary measures” to prevent their animal causing disruption to the community. If they are unable to do so and complaints are received from other residents, a series of sanctions will be in place.
Fines for infringing on the new rules range from €1000 for minor offences, to €30,000 for very serious infractions.