Popular watering hole proving a nightmare for Black Rock residents
Residents of Seclusion Road, Black Rock, St Michael, are once again crying out to the authorities for relief from what they describe as three years of mental torture that has led to repeated complaints to the Commissioner of Police and officers of the nearby Black Rock Police Station.
The key source of their anguish is a commercial establishment, which they say either needs to be closed or its associated noise level significantly lowered, especially in “the wee hours” of the morning.
The residents, some of whom did not want to be identified, shared with Barbados TODAY several pieces of correspondence, dating as far back as February 13, 2012, and forwarded to senior members of the Royal Barbados Police Force and key Government officials.
In them, the residents detail their concerns about loud noise, obscene language and the abuse of residents who registered their disapproval over the siting of the bar in a residential district and the use of people’s premises as urinals by patrons of the popular watering hole.
In a separate letter to the Chief Town Planner and the Solicitor General’s Office, one frustrated resident described the establishment as an outdoor facility “where on or before 9 a.m. until after 2 a.m., 95.3 FM, recorded music, MCTV and recorded movies are played to penetrate our homes”.
The concerned resident further complained that on weekends, including Sundays, dominoes and television sports are played, accompanied by cursing, loud talking and cheers, which are very disturbing.
“We the residents of this area are appealing to you, please, we cannot take it any more,” the letter said.
Another piece of correspondence, which was forwarded to the Commissioner of Police and signed by clinical psychologist Josette Sam, said in part: “I am a resident of Seclusion Road, Black Rock, and I write to object to the noise pollution that takes place at a watering hole in the area. As such, I object to any activity that produces loud noises such as fetes, karaoke and parties, or discomfort to me at my residence.
“As one whose job involves listening to people’s problems every day, a good night’s rest is very important to my mental well-being, not only for me, but also persons living within the area which would also include students. Research has shown that a lack of rest affects persons’ behaviour, their ability to concentrate, and how they relate to each other, as well as result in reduced productivity and accidents. Even as I write this letter, I am having difficulties as there is currently an activity going on at the bar and the music is excessively loud,” Sam said.
The concerned resident pleaded with authorities to put measures in place “to restrict this kind of atmospheric disturbance within the Seclusion
Voicing similar concerns, Chief Media (Audio/Video) Officer in the Ministry of Education, Walter Harper, in a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police, said: “What is fun for some, is pain for others. No person should be allowed to continuously terrorise and disadvantage many others who reside within the community. The major problems are the outdoor loudspeakers, parking, and inconsiderate patrons who, along with their cars, make exceedingly loud noises in the wee hours of the morning.”
Harper further complained that patrons of the watering hole turned up in their cars “making loud noises from their engines and stereos until well after 3 a.m., leaving intoxicated and making loud noises”.
He pointed out that patrons also parked, blocking entrances to homes and side roads in Seclusion Road, making entry and exit to the road a major challenge to residents and motorists in the area.
When contacted today for a comment on the situation, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Eucklyn Thompson said he was aware of the residents’ concerns.
However, he noted the matter was before the Supreme Court and members of the Royal Barbados Police Force could only re-enforce the order of the court.
Back in December, 2011, the court had issued an order that “the enforcement and stop notices of the Chief Town Planner be suspended and the applicant is permitted to open the business known as Garry’s Rum Punch on Tuesday until 12 a.m. midnight and until 2 a.m. on Saturdays pending the determination of this matter”.
The matter was adjourned until February 16, 2012, with lawmen currently awaiting further direction from the court.
When our news team visited the bar this evening propietor Garfield Ifill merely stated that the case was before the courts.