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Senator calls for changes to Noise Abatement Act

Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Another lawmaker from the ranks of the governing People’s National Party has called for swift changes to the Noise Abatement Act that will extend the cut-off time for entertainment events.

The latest call came from Government Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns, who argues that this proposed change would make the act more realistic and in touch with today’s reality.

Currently, Section 5 of the legislation directs that all forms of entertainment events should end by 2 a.m.

But speaking in the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate yesterday, Senator Frazer-Binns said enforcing that cut off time has caused many persons within the industry to question its application, especially on weekends or in areas that are not within close proximity to residential areas.

She argues that amending the Noise Abatement Act could go a far way in unlocking the potential of so many Jamaicans to make money, while preserving the rights of others to have a good night’s rest.

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