A GROUP of Costa del Sol expats fear the volume of traffic on the A-7 road is damaging the value of their homes.
Several Buenas Noches residents, an urbanisation between Estepona and Manilva, are making a stand against road noise and one expat couple has launched a petition for new tarmac and sound barriers to be installed.
One of their qualms is freight lorries ‘avoiding the toll road’ and driving through the night on the N340 dual carriageway through their neighbourhood.
The landscape has changed significantly since another expat, 76-year-old Anthony Hartley, built a three-bedroom property overlooking what he describes as a ‘donkey track’ in 1972.
Since the dual carriageway was built he has been forced to install a glass case around his balcony for €6,000 to block the sound of the traffic.
Nothing was done after Hartley launched a petition and submitted an official complaint about road noise in 2011.
Now this latest couple has submitted their own change.org petition after finding prospective buyers were holding back because of the noise.
“We had no idea when they built the road that this was how it would be and we all agree that our house values will suffer as a result,” Hartley told the Olive Press.
“Never mind selling the property – which I believe has probably halved in price as a result – I don’t particularly even want to go on holiday here any more because of the noise,” he added.
“I am also convinced that current illnesses I am suffering have come about because of the fumes.”
The grandparent-of-two believes he would now be lucky to get €200,000 for his house which was worth up to an estimated €600,000 before the 2007 financial crisis.