By Euro Weekly News Media • 11 February 2015 • 10:54
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RESIDENTS of the Añoreta neighbourhood in Rincon de la Victoria have raised complaints about the noise caused in the padel courts near their homes.
Around 200 neighbours have been suffering the high level of noise produced by padel players in the five courts, which were opened in 2012.
“The noise is unbearable, and it goes on between 12 and 14 hours per day, seven days a week. The lights are also very powerful, as if we were living inside a football pitch,” claims Mr Ramirez, head of the Association for Health and Environment in Paraiso del Sol, the affected neighbourhood.
So far, three legal complaints and a lawsuit have been pursued, but the facilities are still operational.
“We have collected signatures, requested noise analysis and other studies on light contamination, and the council continues to do absolutely nothing,” he explained.
The last response received from the town’s government was on August 22, 2014, said Mr Rodriguez, when they assured residents that the noise levels had been analysed and did not surpass the authorised limits. However, the floodlights used were too powerful for the facilities, and it was ordered that they should be reduced by half.
“The owners appealed the decision and the lamps went back to their full wattage,” said the Mr Rodriguez.
Mayor of the town, Francisco Salado, has said that he was aware of the complaints, but has added that other residents in the area have “congratulated” the council on opening the courts.
“We cannot make everyone happy. We have urged the owners to take appropriate measures and, if they don’t, we will have to act accordingly,” said Mr Salado.
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We are experiencing the same disturbance from courts behind our development. The noise of play, like gunshots going off, some very strong players, noise of the ball on the glass, lights, shouting and yelling. The disturbance is unbearable, morning, night to 22:00hrs, holidays, weekends. We are watching the clock for this unbelievable intrusion into our homes to stop. There is also congestion and noise from the vehicles arriving and departing behind one of the blocks. The facilities were changed from bowls to padel tennis. We cannot seem to get evidence that this was authorised. Our management company has requested noise evaluation but have been waiting months for a response. Apparently because this requires out of hours permission. The noise starts at 16:00hrs. Some of the worst offenders start play at 17:00-19:00hrs. It is a living nightmare. As soon as that sound starts people become anxious and cannot relax in their own homes.
I am interested in knowing where you live and if you have any other news regarding your issues? We have just heard that there is a plan for a padel court development right in the middle of our peaceful urbanization, one of the oldest on the coast and full of retirees!
How is it possible for licences to be granted so close to residential property? There must be laws regarding this. Why are the Town Halls so reluctant to respond? There are plenty of padel tennis courts and tennis courts in the areas that do not need to be metres away from residents. In my own experience the padel tenis courts were erected long after the apartments.
I think the noise padel rackets make can be dangerous for a player’s hearing too. Especially when you hit a hard smash close to your ear it can sound very loud. I hope players don’t get hearing damage or permanent tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Noise reduction and more dampening is needed.
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