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Another often overlooked pollutant but one which is all around us is noise which has its own particular effects on our environment and health.
Noise pollution is on the increase due to our lifestyle of powerful cars, motorcycles, aircraft, hi-fi systems etc.
Following a complaint of excessive noise, officers from the Agency will carry out an investigation which may include the carrying out of a noise survey with the use of a sound level meter.
If the officer is satisfied of the existence of a nuisance then an abatement notice will be served on the person or owner of a premises causing the excessive noise requiring to either stop producing the noise or carry out sound insulation or other works to reduce the noise transmitted. It is very useful for our investigation if a diary is kept of the noise episodes. Details such as date, start time, end time and description of the noise is valuable evidence for the officer to assess the nuisance.
Noise from premises located in specified Leisure Areas is dealt with differently. If the officer is satisfied that a noise nuisance exists from one of these premises, the Chief Secretary as the licensing authority is informed. The licensing authority may then revoke the license for the premises for breach of its conditions.
The specified Leisure areas at present are:
More precise descriptions of the areas included can be found in the various items of legislation made under the Leisure Areas (Licensing) Act 2001.
The Environmental Agency is the Competent Authority for Directive 2002/49 EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (commonly known as the European Noise Directive). The Directive was transposed into Gibraltar law by the Environmental (Assessment and Management of Noise) Regulations 2006.
Noise Action Plan
Noise Mapping – European Noise Directive Consultation
Noise Mapping – European Noise Directive Map 5.1
Noise Mapping – European Noise Directive Map 5.2
Noise Mapping – European Noise Directive Map 5.3
Noise Mapping – European Noise Directive Map 5.4