The fallout from the 2016 noise study in San Antonio continues with the local government set to introduce more measures this week to control the decibels by setting up “Zones of Special Acoustic Protection”.
In a warning to the West End and other high noise areas the council will set up a clear and defined process for the regular measurement of noise. If an area exceeds the legal limits by 15 decibels or more then the area will be designated for ‘special sound protection’ which will make it easier for the council to punish persistent offenders.
The council has been in contact with municipalities in Mallorca and Valencia that have similar problems and have also contracted a company to take regular noise measurements during the summer which will also see if changes, such as the removal of terraces at midnight, are working.
The irony of this strict stance won’t be lost on those residents who were kept awake until 3am this past Friday and Saturday by a Rock Concert on Arenal Beach in San Antonio. The ‘Libertad de Sueños’ festival saw a massive stage erected on the sand and live music played until the early hours keeping many in the town awake.
Most residents weren’t questioning the value of having a major concert in the heart of San An but nearly all decried the fact that it went on until 3am with some local bar owners saying it only highlights the double standards and hipocrisy of the current San Antonio town hall.