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‘Can’t sleep in my own home’

Wednesday, January 2 2013

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MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Lord Superior (Andrew Marcano) left and pannist Dane Gulston, in a musical tribute to the late Theodore Guerra, SC, at his funeral se...
MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Lord Superior (Andrew Marcano) left and pannist Dane Gulston, in a musical tribute to the late Theodore Guerra, SC, at his funeral se...

THE EDITOR: On the night of the said Friday December 28, the Eastern Credit Union (ECU), hosted an extremely noisy fete in the open air supposedly around the swimming pool at their La Joya Complex in St Joseph.

The ECU La Joya Complex is situated in the middle of a residential area and is in close proximity to a church, a mosque, a convent and a private hospital, not to mention a multitude of private homes.

The noise of the fete, with particular emphasis on the DJs continuous shouting over the amplifier system, was most disturbing to myself and my family. But I said to my wife at about 10 pm “Girl let we try and cool it. Is Christmas Let the people celebrate.”

However, by about 1 am the noise had increased considerably and became unbearable. It was clearly far above the 65 decibels as specified by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) rules – Night Time Limits. (NB. Google – www.gcaudio.com/loudness.html states 60-70 dB equates to normal conversation (3-5’), or, normal piano practice).

I then called the St Joseph Police Station to complain about the noise level. The phone was immediately answered by a constable who gave his name and number. Although the constable was at all times extremely courteous and admitted to hearing the noise over the telephone, he went to lengths to explain that he expected that the ECU must have obtained EMA permission to hold the said fete, and although the noise might be in excess of the EMA specified 65dB, the police had no instrument to determine the noise level and hence could do nothing about the fete.

The police officer referred me to the EMA and their Environmental Police force, who from previous experience I understood are only available during daylight hours, unless they obtain prior information of an intended fete. I told the officer that none of these organisations was reachable at 1.15 in the morning. By this time, being on the threshold of volatility, but being mindful that to use obscene language to a police officer was a criminal offence, I hung up the phone.

I am requesting from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) a clear and unambiguous statement as to how a private citizen such as myself in such situations, which I am adamant infringe on my constitutional right to peace and quiet in my own home, could be dealt with.

In addition, may I request that your various regular legal luminaries and/or columnists advise myself and the public as to the feasibility of taking legal action on either the EMA and/or the ECU in such matters. At about 2.30 am I noticed that the DJ had stopped shouting over the amplifier and that the noise level, although still very offensive, had decreased.

PREMAN SEENATH

St Joseph/Curepe

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