Victory at last for noise-afflicted neighbours

Family wins 16-year fight against noisy bar


In a case of the wheels of justice barely turning at all, a family in Spain's Valencia region have finally won their battle to have an unlicensed social club in their building shut down.


The frustrated family from Meliana waited the best part of two decades to see the dispute with their noisy neighbours resolved, El País reports.

Their problems first started in 1998 when they moved into a building into the small town. That very year, one of the clubs involved in the organization of Valencia’s world-famous Las Fallas festival moved into the building.
 
 
 
 
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Comments

José said…
Hi Graham,

This family complained in 1999 and after 8 years, the town mayor ordered a technical inspection, that is, the request was spinning around the world for 8 years, until it bumps into the town mayor. The court wasted other 8 years to make a ruling. The Justice was latecomer. It can't be you complain to the Court now and your heirs will receive the sentence after several years. It’s a big injustice. Justice after 8 years it’s not justice. Also, you have to pay a lawyer, the spending of the trial, so on and you are stressed and upset during the “battle”.

I don’t understand what the siesta has to see with this complain, the way of the Public Administration or the Justice. I don’t know what link is among the Justice, the siesta and the noisy country.

There are a plenty events in Madrid like this and I suffered a similar event at my home time ago but I made a comment about it in this blog.

See you.
Graham said…
Hi José,

I find it shocking, no matter the alleged crime, how slowly the wheels of justice turn in Spain.


This family complained in 1999 and after 8 years, the town mayor ordered a technical inspection, that is, the request was spinning around the world for 8 years, until it bumped into the town mayor. The court wasted another 8 years to make a ruling. The Justice was a latecomer. It can't be that you complain to the Court now and your heirs will hear the sentence / outcome after several years. It’s a big injustice. Justice after 8 years is not justice. Also, you have to pay a lawyer, the costs of the trial, and so on and you are stressed and upset during the “battle”.

I don’t understand what the siesta has to do with this complaint, the system of Public Administration or Justice. I don’t know what links the Justice, the siesta and the noisy country.

There are a plenty of events in Madrid like this and I suffered a similar event at my home some time ago but I have already made a comment about it in this blog.