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.