Man is raising signatures against too noisy church bells in Arad

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A man from Arad is raising signatures to determine the priest from an Orthodox church nearby to ring the bells less loudly, arguing the bells are exceeding the legal maximum noise level. In retort, the priest urged the local to get closer to the church.

Razvan Anghel announced in his Facebook account that he is raising signatures to make the Orthodox priest serving in a church in Gradiste district ring the bells less loudly.

The man argues that the church has not been brought into service yet and no religious services are hold in there and the bells are rung three times a day, at 8 a.m., 12 a.m. and 8 p.m. He says the bells are too noisy and exceed the legal noise limit.

The local says he has been living about 200 meters away from the church and he tried to contact the priest on his mobile phone but he has never answered. The man also says that he has bought a sonometer that revealed the noise is somewhere between 70 and 80 decibels, while the legal maximum level is 80 decibels.

In retort, parson Viorel Roja told Mediafax the church has professional bells, in compliance with the European standards and that the noise limit must legally range between 55 and 85 decibels and his church’s bells make no exception. He also invited the angry local to get closer to the church to see the realities for himself.

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