By Euro Weekly News Media • 27 October 2011 • 10:33
A NEW fee for measuring noise levels was expected to be approved this week by Llucmajor Town Hall. If approved, the cost of measuring noise levels following a complaint will be charged to the whichever party is ‘wrong’.
If the noise complaint is proves to be unfounded, the person making it will have to pay between €496 and €864, depending on when the inspections are carried out.
But if the complaint is supported by the noise levels readings, the person responsible for the excessive noise will have to pay. This could pose a problem for residents who want to denounce noise levels that seem close to the legal limit, but are disturbing the peace.
Noise complaints are common in coastal areas, especially in the summer when more people are out enjoying the nightlife.
“It doesn’t seem fair for people making genuine complaints, but it will reduce time wasters” Vicky McLeod, who has lived in Mallorca for seven years, told EWN. “Here in Mallorca people denounce others very quickly for making noise, even people having private parties or if they do not get along with each other.
This must be quite expensive for town halls to follow-up on. I wouldn’t be surprised if town halls in resort areas take on this measure.”
However, another resident, who did not wish to be named, said the move could lead to “victims of noise putting up with it not wanting to risk being landed with a €800 fine.” “Since when do we have to pay the police to do their job and enforce the law,” he added. “It’s ridiculous.”
The lowest cost corresponds to tests made during the daylight ours Monday through Friday. If measurements are made at night on weekdays, then the cost is €616. Weekends are the most expensive with tests conducted on Saturdays costing €772 and Sundays and holidays €864.
While these measurements are a municipal service, in the case of Llucmajor, they are outsourced to a private company.
By Nicole Hallett[email protected]
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