Bar owner jailed for four years for noise pollution
23 March 2006, BARCELONA — A bar owner was jailed for four years for noise pollution in the first case of its kind in Spain.
23 March 2006
BARCELONA — A bar owner was jailed for four years for noise pollution in the first case of its kind in Spain.
The court also ordered the closure of the El Portet bar in Barcelona for three years and ordered the owner to pay a couple EUR 32,000 in compensation for the excessive noise committed over an 18-month period.
The couple who lived nearby suffered insomnia and stress and had to seek medical treatment because of the din.
The jail sentence is the highest ever imposed for noise pollution in Spain and will be seen as a victory for campaigners seeking to reduce the racket which they claim many suffer.
Dionisio Mestre, the owner of the bar, held stag nights and other events at the bar-restaurant, but after complaints from locals, ignored three orders to keep the noise down.
Sound inspectors from the local council carried out acoustic checks on the restaurant and found the noise reached 41.73 decibels – higher than that permitted by law.
Dolors Sala, a neighbour, said: "Every day there was noise until one in the morning. The noise was unbearable."
Other bar owners nearby claimed workers at the bar could only stand one month working there because of the noise.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news