IBIZA council leaders threaten to close bars and nightclubs in popular resort San Antonio as part of plans to clamp down on noisy and drunken holiday revellers.
The San Antonio council claims that local residents are fed up with the ‘unbearable’ noise levels at night, which is, on average, 20 decibels higher than the accepted amount. The move is part of the island’s attempts to abolish ‘uncivic behaviour’ caused by loud and drunken tourists.
According to local councillors, the ‘unacceptable’ noise levels are causing people to move out of the town centre.
Local representatives have promised to get tough with businesses in the town’s West End neighbourhood until the levels are brought down to 65 decibels at night. Allegedly, the current night-time noise is registering at around 86 decibels, which is equivalent to that of a diesel train travelling at 45 mph.
The council plans to take action to reduce noise levels by increasing police patrols in the area and banning cars and other vehicles from the central roads. They are also considering turning the area in a Special Zone of Acoustic Protection.
Any bars and clubs which refuse to comply with the new regulations will be threatened with having their licences revoked.
The new restrictions are expected to come into full force at the start of the 2018 summer season.