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Restrictions for bars in Alicante

Residents in central Alicante are protesting against noise from bars and terraces and are now asking the municipality to close them at midnight to limit the sound levels.

Restaurant in Alicante

Restaurant in Alicante

The residents are protesting through the neighborhood association “La Asociación de Vecinos del Centro Tradicional”. The municipality has previously modified the statutes of how it is allowed to make noise. They have also cancelled some licenses and reduced the number of terrace tables for bars and clubs in the city and especially in the old city centre.

But residents consider this to be insufficient and have delivered a letter to the council. They want the closing times changed from the current 4 am to midnight, to overcome noise and subsequent problems with getting to sleep.

The municipality has at least partially agreed to the demands and intends to implement it in the most affected areas and to increase controls so that the laws must be followed. The person responsible for the urban planning office, Miguel Angel Pavon, says the laws will be changed in this month or at the latest in December. There will also be a total ban on new bars and clubs in the old town. The municipality wants to restore the balance between traditional commerce and entertainment.

The residents are satisfied with the municipality’s actions, but feels that more can be done. They believe it is unacceptable that the noise level in some places reaches 90 decibels while the law allows a maximum noise level of 45 decibels.

Alicante seen from Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Foto: Wikimedia Commons.

Alicante seen from Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Foto: Wikimedia Commons.

Anyone who wants to keep up to date of the situation can go enter the neighborhood association’s Facebook page: La Asociación de Vecinos del Centro Tradicional.