A concerned resident of Laborie has accused a popular business establishment – Big Bamboo – of allegedly breaking the law, by extending its weekly karaoke beyond 2:00 a.m.
The resident, Tracy Rosseau, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she is fed up with the situation and is asking the authorities to look into the issue.
In a letter sent to this publication at around 2:00 a.m. today, Rosseau said, “We can’t sleep and we can’t find peace at our homes.”
According to her, a couple months ago, residents in the village of Laborie were complaining of loud music and were unable to sleep. As a result a petition was signed and delivered to the Commissioner of Police.
“Eventually permits for karaoke in the village were not being given to the proprietor anymore due to numerous complaints by residents,” she stated.
The business establishment was forced to close its doors in the community and had to relocate at the Kennedy Highway, to a place which is known for parties for the past 20 years.
But residents said they are faced with the same issues. Rosseau told SNO that the weekly karaoke, which is powered by a loud sound system, sometimes go beyond 2 a.m.
To compound the problem, the establishment is also using a generator, which is extremely noisy.
“On several occasions residents have called the Laborie Police for help, the police come, they stop the music. The following Thursday when karaoke starts again, thinking the proprietor would consider his neighbors and surroundings, the music stops at 4 a.m.” she related.
Since this issue has been festering for some time now, Rosseau said she is forced to ask: “Is the proprietor above the law or is it because he has high=ranking friends within the police force he has a right to continue playing his music as he pleases? When does it stop? Is there no more justice in this country?”
Rosseau is also questioning whether the officers from the Laborie Police Station are enforcing the law. “What’s going on? Hear our cry for help. Our kids need to do their homework, get sufficient rest for school; people need to get up refreshed to attend work in the morning. This is causing strife and stress. Help us St Lucia News Online.”
However, the owner who identified himself as Kent told SNO that the complaint is not true. The businessman explained that after residents had made complaints about noise nuisance, he was forced to move.
Kent said since operating his business at the new location he has not had any complaint from neighbours, while emphasizing that karaoke ends at 2 a.m. and not 4 a.m. as suggested by Rosseau.
Persons operating a loud speaker are granted permission from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. in accordance with section 550(c) of the Criminal Code of St Lucia No 9 of 2004.