Noise in Palma is, in general, above recommended levels. In certain areas, such as along the Avenidas, it reaches 70 to 75 decibels in the morning. Traffic is the major contributor to noise - said to be as much as 95% - which is why the town hall is working on the development of a noise map for the city. The noise level on the Avenidas, for instance, should be 65 decibels. Measures to reduce it are therefore necessary, while awareness campaigns, such as the mobility week, are considered to be important.
The town hall's governing board has agreed the map of noise zoning. It will be discussed at a full council session and will determine noise levels in each area of the city. The deputy mayor for ecology, Neus Truyol, says that the map will allow everyone to know what the situation with noise is and what the objectives will be for reducing noise pollution.
The map breaks the city down according to the predominant use in each zone, which can be residential, industrial or recreational. In addition, there can be educational or cultural uses, while there are natural areas like the parks.
The aim will be to restrict decibel levels in mainly residential areas, which include Blanquerna and Fabicra, where there have been particular issues with noise, to 65 from eight in the morning until eleven at night and to 55 overnight. The city centre and most of the neighbourhoods are deemed to be residential. Exceptions, in terms of predominant use, include Playa de Palma and the Paseo Marítimo, where the level will be 73 decibels from 8am to 11pm and 63 decibels overnight.
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