We can’t say with certainty that this only happens in Switzerland, but we suspect this is so.
Residents of a district of Saint Légier in the canton of Vaud complained that a stream in their neighbourhood flows too loudly, demanding that local authorities install soundproofing.
The river, which is primarily used by farmers for irrigation, was partially re-routed in 2020.
Authorities denied the request, saying that “the noise emitted by the stream… does not constitute an inadmissible attack on the tranquility of local residents”.
The complainants then took their cause to the district court, demanding that acoustic assessments be made to measure the stream’s noise level, countering the argument that their tranquility is not disturbed.
Their arguments were heard loud and clear, with the court finding in their favour.
The court said officials should either bury the stream, make it narrower, or install a noise barrier.
All this may sound bizarre, except that this is hardly the first time a group of residents creates ruckus about ambient noise.