Noises on in Alicante city centre


MEASUREMENTS of sound recently undertaken by Alicante council have found unacceptable levels during the day.

In one test, 70 decibels were registered in the historical old town of Alicante at 7pm which is close to the highest permitted limit of 75 decibels and well above the 55 decibels allowed by law.

The tests were carried out by a series of sound monitors after a flood of complaints from local residents aimed at the bars and outside restaurants that occupy the streets in the traditional centre of the city.

According to recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) a noise level up to 45 decibels is considered an acceptable; a level of 55 is classed as annoying and anything over 85 is regarded as being harmful to health and well-being.

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