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Police useless amid Waterloo Road noise fest

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

SYDONEY JOHNSON

johnsonsydoney@yahoo.com

I WAS heartened to see Garth Rattray's article 'Noise pollution violates our rights' (Gleaner, April 18, 2016), as it shows that my community is not alone in this fight against noise pollution.

It is indeed very frustrating and miserable to be bombarded by loud singing, bands, and music for all hours of the night and know that you are helpless to do anything about it, even though the 'law' is on your side.

I have lived in a community bordering Waterloo Road for close to 19 years, and there has been a nightclub, pool hall, bar across the way at one particular location for all this time as well.

Needless to say, it has been a constant fight pleading for the noise to be abated. To the credit of former police commissioner, Lucius Thomas, it did abate for a few years after I wrote to the mayor at the time, Desmond McKenzie, whose office forwarded my letter to the commissioner. In fact, a sergeant would call me on an annual basis to check on the situation.

Of course, a lot has changed since then, and despite having been told that their licence to operate had been pulled, the noise is back again, and we seem to have no recourse but to put our pillows over our heads.

Calling 119 is of no help. The last time I called, the operator informed me, "But they have a permit, Miss. " I'm sure you get the point.

I welcome your comments, Dr Rattray, and hope that someday, something will be done to ease our plight.