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Traffic, noisier than bars

Written by on January 10, 2019

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Article Written & Published in Spanish By: Diario Informacion
Translated by Google from Spanish to English

Traffic, noisier than bars

The acoustic map of Benidorm determines that the sound of the entertainment venues affects less than 0.5% of the population of the tourist capital

The premises of the “zona guiri” have been subjected to sound measurements. David Revenge

Road traffic is the main source of noise at any time of the year.

On paper the bars of Benidorm are not as noisy as road traffic . This is determined by the study carried out by a consulting company to make the acoustic map of the capital of the Costa Blanca , which was presented yesterday during the Mobility Council, chaired by the mayor of this municipal department, the popular councilman José Ramón González of Zárate.

It is a document that comes to diagnose the main sources of conflict in the subject of sound, then find solutions. And, to the surprise of many, the entertainment venues are not a source of contamination in this sense, at least, if they attend to the data collected over a year for the aforementioned document, which must now be sent to the Consell.

The reason is none other than the intermittence of the noise coming from the bars.

A fact that together with the scarce population that resides habitually in the analyzed points reduces to less than 0.5% the percentage of neighbors affected by the sound of the leisure facilities, as he explained yesterday to questions of this newspaper González de Zárate.

It must be borne in mind that, as the spokesman of the local government also recalled, the acoustic map that the legislation requires to have the municipalities of more than 20,000 inhabitants since 2002 does not include the sound of the bars among the objects to be analyzed.

“However, we have included this study in three areas that we believe may be problematic,” said the councilor.

Specifically, the measurements made by the company have been carried out both in high season and low season, at different times of day and night and in three key areas of the conflict: Santo Domingo and neighboring streets, known as Los Vascos; Gerona street, epicenter of the «guiri area» in Rincón de Loix and the beach promenade of Levante.

In no case has been obtained, once we weighed all the results of the tests as well as the number of residents, alarmentes figures. In fact, it is estimated that less than 0.5% of the population of Benidorm is affected by this issue.

Cars are a problem

However, in the study, it is specified that road traffic is the main focus of noise in the city, both in high season and low season. Of course, the levels detected in Benidorm “are far below the usual results in Spanish cities.”

In particular, the acoustic map indicates that “the neighborhoods with the greatest number of people affected by traffic noise” are Ensanche de Casco and Foietes-Colonia Madrid-Beniardá, with 75% of the total share.

In both areas, the condition is caused by traffic in the avenues Beniardá and Jaime I. On the contrary, the “quieter” neighborhoods are La Cala, the Traditional Town, the Spring Polygon and Garden City.

González de Zárate detailed yesterday that to draw the acoustic map have analyzed the slots of morning, afternoon and evening in high and low season. According to the results of the study, the percentage of people affected by traffic noise higher than recommended ranges from a maximum of 6.6% – during the night in high season – and 0.8% – evening hours in the four months of low season-.

The next step will be to find solutions through the Action Plan against Noise. Some of the solutions could happen by placing a new asphalt prepared to emit less noise, and that has already been used in other cities, “he said yesterday.

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