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Noise cry

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
Road district”.

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.


29 Responses to Noise cry

  1. Jackie Jones
    Jackie Jones June 27, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Let the man carry on his business. I can think of another particular bar in a residential area where they are still open at 7.30am every day. Can’t sleep because of the noise and all the police do is visit and walk out with their bottle of rum!

  2. PJ White
    PJ White June 27, 2014 at 5:39 am

    They saying this because it is a black owned business

    • Ali Johannes
      Ali Johannes June 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

      stupid comment. They saying this because inconsiderate people are allowed to run this type of operation in a residential neighbourhood to the distress of residents. Unless you experience it, then you cannot talk. This type of business should never be allowed to operate where people live. I dont know what the hell anything has to do with race!

    • Janos Wrathe
      Janos Wrathe June 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

      When I used to live up by d Stadium in dem early times, reggae and soca shows used to finish 3-3:30 in d morning, ppl didn’t used to complain and ya coulda hear that music from all down Brandon’s beach….All that happen is that ppl does don’t wanna see other ppl making an honest $ for themselves.

  3. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley June 27, 2014 at 6:15 am


  4. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley June 27, 2014 at 6:24 am


    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch June 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I beg your pardon sir, kindly identify the churches that have that level of amplification to be a public nuisance at the wee hours of the mornings, most churches have services on Sunday morning, fewer on Sunday night and even fewer have midweek services, open air crusades those are also very infrequent and are usually have to be finished by 10pm.

  5. Dario R Bruce
    Dario R Bruce June 27, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Typical crabs in bucket

    • Katrina Dixon
      Katrina Dixon June 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I agree and i don’t care what people say let it be a WHITE man who had owned that bar…… we as black people do not ever support each other if we cant make it no one else should stupessss smh

  6. Debra Dior
    Debra Dior June 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

    So why the issue has to be about race ???…what a silly comment …and churches dont have sessions until after 2am… so that comment is also quite silly.

    • Katrina Dixon
      Katrina Dixon June 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Keep living in a bubble….

    • Dario R Bruce
      Dario R Bruce June 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

      The most the residents should do is come together and ask the owner to either lower the music or turn it off by a certain time… at 2 am outside is so quiet… music can be down to say a 1/4 of the regular volume and you can hear it normal.. and everyone would win.

  7. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji June 27, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Only certain businesses get harassed and thats REAL TALK

  8. Ali Johannes
    Ali Johannes June 27, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Let the chief town planner and members of the supreme court move into that neighbourhood for a few days and experience what the residents are experiencing! It’s unfortunate that authorities cannot control the noise pollution in this country that affect tax paying citizens. Why does something like this have to take years to be resolved but government can overnight force all types of new taxes on people!

  9. PJ White
    PJ White June 27, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Who cares what the hell makes you sick Edwards swindley? Fact is frigging fact. I have seen it over and over happening there! Case in point with a black owned business on the south coast made to move due to noise complaints and a White owned one being opened shortly thereafter only a few yards away. Keep trying to pretend it is not a reality. So because BIM is predominantly black racial divides don’t exist? Good logic ostrich!

  10. Dionne Grazette
    Dionne Grazette June 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I dont think its fare for him to close his bar because that’s the mans way of living all he has to do is at a certain time just turn the noise down a bit ask who every is using theses dirty words to just keep it down and everyone can live

  11. Dionne Grazette
    Dionne Grazette June 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Some people only do things out of wickedness because only the other day this guy i know had to stop keeping kareoke because him and this lady out by him dont get along she send him lawyer letters and all kind ofjunk and saying the noise is botherin her and another guy not to far keeps the same kareoke much louder and she dont complain so some times it comes over that a person just cant stand to c another person get up in life and this is sad

  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha June 27, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Crab inna barrel mentality uz what got alot of blacks drowning….indians alwaysssss support each other….sighh….

  13. Real Nicksterz
    Real Nicksterz June 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Hosting an event to make sure you have food on a table and still getting the bad side of things. Don’t host an honest event rob and kill people then you end up incarcerated. Nothing you do will please people I tell yuh

  14. Rom Waterman
    Rom Waterman June 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Madness! Give the people a break. It’s crop over it’s business… We always complaining for the wrong dam things. Get with the times and with the retrenchments people will be starting more businesses! Reality! Tell me which bar/ club/outing that you guys attend thy don’t play music? Or tell me that you’ve never been out the “wee” hours of the morning? Entertainers owe the neighbors and duty of care and should be responsible but people pushing the issue to far…

  15. Dana Williams
    Dana Williams June 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Those of you who have made a comment have not experienced the noise from that establishment, but I have. I actually used to live in that neighbourhood and I had to move because of the extremely loud noise especially on Tuesday nights. I was actually doing my Masters at the time and I had to close all the windows in the house and turn on the fan to try to drown out some of the noise but that didn’t work. It was extremely frustrating and annoying when you are trying to sleep at 2/3am.

    If that was a white owned business, residents would still complain because it is about the inconsiderate noise and not about the owner.

    The owner needs to be considerate of the residents and realise that he is not in the world alone. He can simply ensure that the music isn’t loud after a certain time.

    • Brian Porte
      Brian Porte June 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Why are people making this a racial issue, when it is just plain inconsiderate to have music that load so many days a week till the wee hours of a morning. Clearly the people criticizing never experienced something like this nor have they ever had babies (who sometimes take so long to get to sleep and slightest rustle wake them up) nor have they never been sick or tired from work and need rest. Now on the other hand i’m not saying shut down the business but at least the owner of the establishment should be considerate of his neighbours.

  16. S.Phill June 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Sadly this story is soo one sided and didn’t even explore a possible resolution that could benefits both parties. Now that would be real journalism. It seems everyone is just content to put this self employed man out of business. Barbados is expensive, rents are high and the economy in shambles, lucky for him he can still have and establishment to run without fear of rent and major overheads but others with “real” jobs are of the opinion he should be shut down. I understand noise pollution and I also understand he may have to do more to do his part like controlling the over spill of persons leaving as we know some ppl are just plain inconsiderate. Perhaps he need parking attendants or bouncers to enforce rules. Also he could perhaps investigate how he can have sound barriers or if there is a technology to help which may cost him but may benefit in the long haul. The major thing that will work against him is he is the only business there and unlike a similar issue that occurred in “The Gap” he is the lone proprietor so they will certainly burn him at the stake. I really hope something works out that is reasonable for both parties.

  17. Hariet Gamble
    Hariet Gamble June 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I just here for the comments …but real talk Dana Williams is right about what she said…Some of you all like to kiss ass to much…wear the shoe of the person who is experiencing it and see if you will talk bout studying and man making money…or you children can’t sleep and see if the tune ain’t different …Black ppl in barbados yes I said black ppl need to let go of this mental slavery…you don’t see others …or I should say whites torturing there neighbour’s because they’s foolishness and bajan need to be more understanding of they surroundings and how it will affect ppl

  18. Lauren Kierulf June 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The fact is that the noise pollution act has been in the process of being drawn up for approximately over 15 years, yes my friends, 15 years. Most people are aware that a case against them can go to court and languish for years on end and during this time they can carry on as they have been.

    What I fail to understand is the mentality of of persons who completely disregard their neighbors. This also exists with dog owners on the island, who sit in their homes and hear their dogs barking for hours on end and do not make any attempt to stop them. I have travelled extensively and have not found this problem in countries like the USA, Canada and England, Australia, etc.. Countries that have functioning laws allow for persons to have peaceable habitation of their properties.

  19. Ryan Straughn June 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    People at the establishment that drinking and laughing and cussing and having a good time leave and go home and sleep in peace and quiet.
    I live in front sheraton mall and guys use to stay in the carpark and blast their music til 1 and 2 am causing the entire house to shake and then they would leave and go hone to their quiet neighborhoods. I called the police for them everytime.
    Nobody wants to be paying rent or a mortgage for a house and can’t enjoy living in it.
    Gary is my family and i i support black businesses but i don’t support being made to feel uncomfortable in my own home.
    We play the race card too much sometimes.
    Everything is not a black or a white issue sometimes it’s just a right and a wrong issue, period.

  20. Sanderson Rowe June 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Here or late everyone seems to do as he/she pleases. What ever happened to to the Thompson’s and the DLP’s campaign for Law and Order ,some years ago.

  21. Sanderson Rowe June 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Once upon a time the victims could have employed the services of men like Brute Alleyne, who would not hesitate to run a truck through the set up.

  22. Alisea June 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    When something does not affect us we are more likely to be insensitive. I think the court should act sooner and bring peace and comfort to the residents of this neighborhood, everyone has a right to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their home. there ought to be an ordinance against this this stuff.


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