Thursday, December 14, 2017

Noisy neighbour but no one to save me

For years writers to newspapers have complained to the EMA, the Government and other agencies about noise pollution in their respective areas. Yet the respite the law-abiding citizens of this country seek is not forthcoming. It is as if no one cares.

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has a listed hotline, but this is not answered after hours or on weekends and the police take long to respond to noise complaints, if they respond at all. More often than not, the offenders turn the volume down while the police are there and restore it after the police leave, sometimes even louder.

I am going through what has now become the norm in my once-quiet area: another weekend of non-stop music being played at high levels by someone who seems intent on tormenting the neighbourhood while he “enjoys” himself.

Since the EMA is ineffective in this regard and the police authorities do no seem to care, should I approach my constituency representative or the Minister of National Security or even the Prime Minister?

I wouldn’t waste my time. If they wanted to do something they would have done so a long time ago. They know what to do when people disturb THEIR peace. As for me, I can understand why a known noisemaker lost his life recently.

We can write the newspapers until our fingers cramp, but no one will be bothered.

Clyde Alphonso

Diego Martin