Government is committed to combating noise pollution and will be re-examining the 2007 National Noise Policy, Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod said today.
Addressing the opening of a training seminar on community noise enforcement hosted by the Environmental Protection Department, Prescod explained that since the policy took effect more than ten years ago, no supporting legislative policy had been introduced.
However, he said the new Barbados Labour Party administration was determined to address noise pollution on the island.
“It is the commitment of this administration to develop measures to address noise pollution through the implementation of easily enforceable techniques, such as curbing the operation of noisy equipment in residential communities during specific periods.
“This will be done through the appropriate legislative framework, taking into account the interests of all stakeholders in a balanced and transparent manner,” Prescod said the then Acting Minister of Tourism Colin Jordan announced last week that the ten-year ban on the playing of loud music in St Lawrence Gap after 3 p.m. would be revisited.
At the time, Jordan contended that a solution must be found to ensure the coexistence of hoteliers, residents and nightclub operators along the popular south coast strip.
However, during his address, Prescod did not make specific mention of St Lawrence Gap but called on Barbadians to be considerate of homeowners in residential areas and to use their discretion when holding events.
“I would like to encourage all Barbadian citizens to be fair and reasonable because our actions and activities should not prevent others from enjoying their properties. Having said that, we also cannot expect to live in a world of complete and utter silence. It is simply impossible,” the Minister of the Environment said, while encouraging businesses and individuals to be mindful of their surroundings and not impose on others.
“It is not the desire of my ministry to impose unreasonable requirements on people or businesses. What we will try to do however, is come to a reasonable medium where development can take place and activities can occur in a way that do not negatively affect others,” he added.