Barbican beer festival unbearable
THE EDITOR, Sir:
A full-page advertisement in the newspapers advised the several hundred residents of Marley Road, Seville Apartments, Sandhurst Crescent and East Kings House Road that the second annual beer festival, promoting the Diageo brands of Red Stripe, Guinness, Dragon Stout, and Smirnoff, will be held for three days - May 22-24 - at the Barbican Beach Bar on East Kings House Road.
The times of the festival are advertised as follows: Friday, May 22: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, May 23: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday, May 24: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Therefore, for most of the Labour Day weekend, including three consecutive nights, those who live nearby will be unable to enjoy their homes because of amplified music during these hours, as well as those required for 'sound checks' to be conducted. There will also be the confusion and risks attending the roadside parking of vehicles that accompanies events at this venue.
Many complaints have been made to the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, the operators of the Barbican Beach Bar, and the police when events are held at this location. Because of its proximity to a large residential community, it should never have been given a permit, but it was. The events with live entertainment and/or amplified sound should never be given permits, but they are issued.
When you call the police during the event, they sometimes visit, and the music is turned down for a short time only. But the police indicate their hands are tied because the operators 'have a permit'.
We have come to expect nothing from government regulatory bodies. But we do expect better from Diageo, which, no doubt, has a stated commitment to corporate social responsibility outlined in a glossy brochure. Not one of its directors would expect quiet enjoyment of their own homes over a three-day weekend to be denied them. They clearly have no issue with inflicting this upon others.
Marley Road & Environs Citizens Association