Noise abatement zone legislation

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It is with great disgust and frustration that I write seeking clarification and help regarding the subject matter above.

I have been suffering tremendously for the past three years due to my proximity to a bar, bearing in mind that over same perioid the said bar has changed operators three times.

I believe that a bar should not be given the permission to operate in a densely populated residential area. Who is ultimately responsible for granting spirit licences to these operators without site visits to assess the location and deem same fit so as to ensure that citizens are not compelled to listen to music playing at blaring volumes at all hours, or hear dominoes slamming on a table, let alone the voilence and lewd goings-on at some of these bars?

Numerous complaints have been made to the police. They do respond; however, by the time the police patrol vehicle departs the vicinity said music is returned to a high volume.

I wonder if these operators fail to realise that not everyone around them wants to hear what they are listening, or that children live at the nearby households affected by their noise, and ample rest is needed for people to perform at their optimum at work.

So, again I ask, who is responsible ultimately to send across a strong message that bars have no business in a densely popluated area?

Did I mention that when a dance/session is kept it is a totally different ball game with loud music being played well past 2:00 am.

This is absolutely unacceptable and unbecoming of a nation with a First World 2030 vision. The citizens must be protected from those who wish to maintain the unlawful and uncivil mentality of 'food haffi eat', but to whose detriment?

Frustrated T

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