Malaga disco owners face prison for excessive noise

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MALAGA Public Prosecutor is asking for three years for each of the two owners of a Puerto Banus disco for excessive noise.

In March 2008, a man living above the disco, which has been run under several names, measured noise levels at 38.4 decibels at 3.22am. The legal limit in Andalucia is 30 decibels. A local expert from the town hall did the same almost a month later at 2.25am, getting a reading of 41 decibels in the man’s bedroom.

According to the prosecution, they frequently turned off noise inhibitors at around 2am, but continued to play loud music.

The complaints against the disco began when they opened in 1999, mainly at weekends and during holidays, as residents living above found it impossible to get any rest and have suffered health problems as a consequence of the noise and lack of sleep.

The team in government at the time allegedly did nothing to deal with the complaints.

The prosecutor is asking for €68,000 in compensation for the two residents most affected by the noise, as well as two fines of €12,000 each and a three-year ban for the two accused from carrying out work related to similar businesses.

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