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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Mazarron Council fined for permitting noise pollution in bars

The High Court in Murcia has ruled in favour of the neigbours of the Playa Grande in Mazarron who complained about the noise emnanating from the bars in the area, often up to 06.00 hours with noise levels double what is permitted. As the licensing authority, the court has fined Mazarron Council by ordering it to pay 50 per cent of the rental of the dozen affected properties, estimated at 600 Euros per month in winter and 2,000 Euros a month in summer, plus costs of 3,000 Euros for each affected neighbouring property.

It is not clear (to me) from the linked article whether the court has ruled that the noise nuisance must cease or be reduced, or whether the fines imposed are some sort of 'tax' to compensate neighbours for the disturbance and 'blighting' of their properties. Logically one might think the nuisance must cease, but Spanish law often seems to operate on different principles to English/Scottish law, so I am unable to deduce what the judgement may mean for the future. To be honest the case also brings to mind the story-line of the well-known film 'Jaws', where the Mayor of the small town involved was reluctant to damage the tourist income of the town during the relatively brief summer tourist season by giving too much publicity to the danger a killer-shark represented to that business. In Mazarron one imagines that the Mayor does not want to risk damaging the tourist influx to the area in summer, which brings money and gives employment, and has been prepared to 'turn a blind eye' to the suffering of the neighbouring properties of clubs as they represent only a relatively small number of votes. Will Mazarron actually pay the fines, or will it lodge appeals?

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