Rodney Bay residents have again complained about noise pollution from bar owners in the community as the new academic year begins.
“We come in peace and kindly ask to consider the children who live in the neighborhood who are about to start the new school year,” the concerned residents wrote in an open email on Friday.
They requested that the bar owners consider the bass level when playing music.
“The bass travels throughout the neighborhood and rumbles in our homes, therefore affecting our sleep and our children’s sleep,” the message said.
“We are begging you to please be aware of the level of bass, especially as our kids prepare to go back to school,” the email explained.
It said the residents did not intend to affect the livelihood of local businesses but merely wanted peaceful, comfortable coexistence.
“Please. Please think of the children who live in the community and deserve a good night’s sleep. We are begging you,” the email stated.
One aggrieved resident told the media that complaints have been made to the police, who cannot always immediately intervene as they attend to other pressing matters.
Attempts to obtain an official response from the bar owners were unsuccessful.
Rodney Bay is a much-frequented entertainment and dining hub with several restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.
A law enforcement source told St. Lucia Times that the residents affected by noise pollution who have threatened legal action, could file a court injunction.
Regarding law enforcement, the source explained that police officers could warn the noise polluters and, if the offenders fail to respond, the officers could seize the amplifying equipment.
“If the person continues playing noise to the detriment of others, the police can refuse to issue a permit as has been done before,” the source told St. Lucia Times.
Gros Islet MP Kenson Casimir Gros Islet MP Kenson has disclosed holding separate meetings with Rodney Bay residents and restaurant and bar owners since his election regarding the noise pollution problem.
But the residents continue to complain.