VELEZ Town Hall has closed down a disco’s sound system following noise complaints from the area’s residents. A string of complaints about the discotheque in Calle Dr Marañon in Torre del Mar finally spurred the council into action more than two weeks ago and Local Police were sent there with measuring equipment.
After noise levels in apartments above the basement locale were measured and found to be over the allowed limit, steps were duly taken to shut down the offending system.
The music centre could not be reconnected until sound-proofing deficiencies were satisfactorily dealt with, said municipal sources.
The council was apparently anxious to avoid a repetition of events that go back to 2003 when local residents, exasperated by noise from clubs in the El Copo district, lodged a formal complaint against the town hall.
In 2008 the Supreme Court ordered Velez-Malaga town hall to pay €2.8 million damages to 18 residents from Torre del Mar’s Ipanema complex in compensation for the noise pollution they had been forced to endure between 1990 and 2003.
This was the first time a Malaga town hall had been penalised for failing to respond to complaints of excessive noise, but three years later the town hall has paid only part of the compensation and interest sums due to the residents involved have yet to be settled.
The council would be examining complaints regarding excessive noise with the greatest care, admitted town hall sources, in order to stop further complaints and avoid hefty compensation bills.