THE sports complex in Almeria City’s Los Angeles district was good news for sports enthusiasts but not residents.
Every spring since it opened 10 years ago, residents of Calle Oria adjoining the centre have complained about the noisy air-conditioning units which will go full blast until the autumn.
The centre closes at 10pm but the air-conditioning is still functioning in the early hours of the morning, they maintained. Noise levels measured by police in 2006 registered more than 50 decibels instead of the respective 35 or 30 stipulated for living rooms and bedrooms.
A wall built at ground level round the low-level units did nothing to eliminate the noise, residents said, and their sleep is still disturbed.
Some change their living arrangements and spend as much of their time indoors as far away from the continual racket as they can get. Others take medication for anxiety, insomnia and tension headaches, they admitted.
“Spring and summer are impossible but living here in the winter is heaven,” said one of the 20 residents who complained in writing to city hall’s Town Planning department.
The situation is making their lives a misery, they said in a call for a definitive solution from Almeria City Hall.