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Parking at day, party at night

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Chad Bryan, Staff Reporter

Junior Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, is hoping that by next month car parks in downtown Kingston will be used as entertainment zones to accommodate much of the city's nightlife.

Entertainment zones are spaces dedicated
exclusively to entertainment events at specific times and represent an
attempt to address the need for venues that will not violate the Noise
Abatement Act.

Downtown Kingston is already used for a
number of open-air entertainment events, such as the annual Dennis
Brown celebration and last year's CB Pan Chicken Championship
finals.

Lock-off time

"The
assumption, and based on the test that we're doing, is that these areas
will have limited impact on residential areas. There will be no need for
a lock-off time. If you have these zones then there will be no need to
have a lock-off time," Crawford said.

"The car parks'
usage often ends by 8 p.m. Events don't start before 10 p.m. Therefore,
there is nothing that prevents a car park from being used for an event.
The car park invariably starts back use by 7 a.m. on a weekday. On a
weekend there is no use for the car park," Crawford
continued.

Palisadoes strip

Last
year, Crawford announced that discussions were under way with the Urban
Development Corporation, the National Environment and Planning Agency
(NEPA) and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation to establish the
Palisadoes strip and sections of downtown Kingston as the capital's
first entertainment zones.

For the proposed Palisadoes
party site, Crawford said he was awaiting response from
NEPA.

"NEPA is supposed to send us a report and we
haven't got that yet. The report is to tell me where exactly can be used
and where exactly cannot be used," Crawford
said.

Crawford explained that nine sites in downtown
Kingston have already been identified, with one particular location
intended to become operational once the permission has been
granted.

It is expected that following events held at
these car parks, promoters will be responsible for cleaning the areas.
Arrangements can be made with the KSAC, Crawford
said.