Noise nuisance woes fall on deaf ears – Laborie residents

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Noise nuisance woes fall on deaf ears – Laborie residents

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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.

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  1. No complains, you have to be kidding Kent. You moved from the center of town to an area above the whole town, affecting thousands of people. One should not be knocked for trying to make a living, but at what expense to so many others does it make you take a look at yourself and your noise.why do the police not enforce the law on sound levels and times. It rarely stops at 2am. Surely it would make no difference to your revenue if you turned it down at midnight and off at 2 am. It may even improve it as not so many would boycot your places. Also, does it matter who Tracy is or where she was born. She obviously lives her now. Where was Kent from, also not Laborie, so what does that prove.

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  2. My name is spelt as Tracy Rosseau and not Tracey Roseau 2. The person who commented on the article as me at 1:18 pm of 17.10.15 isn't me. It's an imposter and guess what imposter your are more guilty than the business owner trying to justify what's going on. You have knowledge that the music goes way beyond 2 am at the former sea view. Stop condoning criminality. Where is your dignity.

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  3. My name is spelt as Tracy Rosseau and not Tracey Roseau 2. The person who commented on the article as me at 1:18 pm of 17.10.15 isn't me. It's an imposter and guess what imposter your are more guilty them the business owner trying to justify what's going on. You have knowledge that the music goes way beyond 2 am at the former sea view. Stop condoning criminality. Where is your dignity.

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  4. Big bamboo is simply trying to keep those in need of entertainment satisfied. The noise that is being complained about is just an excuse to carry out personal revenge of some sort towards this businessman. I mean come on, the news itself stated that the place karaoke is taking place is home to parties etc.. Within the past 20 years, what happened to those complaints of the others. You don't hear then speaking about the whole idea of having parties in the village. The complaints are targetted to this particular businessman. In conclusion, if you have a problem with a particular business you should arrange a meeting or send a personal letter rather than trying to frame and try to humiliate someone who is trying to build on social interaction among people of the community. We not living in stone age people, reason out something rather than fueling lies and inappropriate statements. If its too loud then you're too old.

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  5. Sadly this is the norm in communities all acros st lucia. no respect for people when it comes to noise level. neighbours play their music like a boom box with no regard for anyone. business have no regard too. its a blocko day in day out with chicken and rum and plenty ro-ro. thats our sad island mentality. I left as soon as I could when I realised that while the developed places had their problems, there were rules and regulations that prevent people from pestering their neighbour with ro-ro and loud music is outlawed and those laws are respected unless you find yourself in some ghetto hood rat backwater neighbourhood where that mentality persists. The police can use this to make plenty money by enforcing and charging the hoodrat mentality out of them. One warning, you go free, second warning, 500-1000 dollars or jail time. we need to breed out the criminal mentality out of our people.

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  6. **** I know of the situation. This girl allegedly has personal grudges against the owner of big bamboo. Trying to shut him down for years. There is a monthly festival in laborie that is wayyyyy louder. Dance at the market... and lots more.
    She just targetting him. There are others who just dislike him from the time he introduced that open roadside sitting restaurant.
    It is not only bringing business to him but the whole town.
    Every other business makes it when he is open. His business has cut down on a lot of activities just for that one individual but she cannot be satisfied.
    I think he should file a law suit against her for harassment. SNO PLEASE INTERVIEW BIG bamboo. (WE DID INTERVIEW BIG BAMBOO)!!!!
    1.No big bamboo laborie is dead.
    2. It helps with the crime situation.
    3.prevent off task behavior in the village
    4 . employment
    5. Compliments the other businesses. .. people move from one business to the other
    6. Tourism. . Tourist stops there as they drive by.
    7. Availability of food.
    8 . circulation of the dollar
    9. It's a peaceful place to lime. Persons come from castries and all over cause it's peaceful

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  7. I can't imagine living close to an establishment, that played loud music and stopped at 2:00am on weekdays. The towns that I have lived always had no later than midnight ordnances for weekdays.

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  8. No one should be above the law of the land. Every one deserves peace of mind. Sound above 80 decibels is irritating as well as damaging to the ear. Who is monitoring the sound levels ? Give me a break.

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  9. To the people talking about entertainment and how is this a form of jealousy and that the business owner is being targeted. RUBBISH! A permit to operate a loudspeaker is from 8 pm to 2 am. Many times the activity surpasses this time, we all are knowledgeable of this fact. Are we condoning doing wrong and justifying it. Does that make it right? Be considerate people , thing of the your neighbors and not only self. Often times we are selfish. Nobody is trying to cause harm or do damage to the business owner. That's ridiculous , when we know the truth. I reside in that area and of course persons have called the station to forward their complains. I'm certain these records are reflected. Simple, the business owner just has to adhere to the time stipulated on the permit and consider people and an issue won't develop. Just be an honest man. If people are affected it's their right to complain. How would he have felt if he was placed in this postion of not getting proper sleep due to noise pollution. We are to biase in this community. I call a spade a spade. No one is trying to shut down your business or stop your activity. Do the right thing and shut down your system by 2 am.

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  10. WHO IS TRACY ROSSEAU? R U A BORN LABORIAN? HELL NO! U R ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO CAME BOOK 1. LABORIE HAS NO SORT OF ENTERTAINMENT WHERE YOUNG PERSONS CAN CONGREGATE. MIND YOU, THOSE SAME PERSONS INCLUDING U CANNOT PROVIDE NOR ATTEMPT TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT FOR LABORIE. REMEMBER, THEY ARE NOT COMPLAINING LAWLESSNESS, FIGHTING, INCIDENTS OR STABBINGS. IT IS PEACEFUL. YET THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE NOISE. KENT IS BEING TARGETED BY SOME PPLE FROM LABORIE WHO IS HELL BENT ON PUTTING HIM OUT OF BUSINESS. YET, THOSE VERY SAME PPLE WILL NOT CREATE A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE YOUTH. I AM ALWAYS OF THE VIEW, TO MAKE IT IN LIFE, ONE HAS TO LEAVE LABORIE TO MAKE IT. AS LONG AS U R IN LABORIE, U CAN NEVER MAKE IT. ITS VODOO, FIGHT DOWN, MAL PARLAY, MOVAY LANG! OOHHHHH, DONT TALK IF U OPEN A SMALL BUSINESS. JUST CONSIDER IT DOOMED FROM THE OFFSET. THEY PLANT ALL KIND OF SHIT BU UR PLACE SO U CAN NEVER SEE THE MONEY U MAKING. THEY CHANT YOU DOWN. I GUESS KENT IS TOO MUCH FOR THEM SO THEY WILL TRY ALL MEANS NECESSARY.

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  11. moral of this story do unto others as you would like them do unto you i mean for goodness sake IFyou are really playing music after the hours at least low it down i dont think people are against you making money and something of your self cause everyone want to eat a bread . now to make this even worse this is karaoke and go and see the amount of people that dont have good voices goin and sing there and people want to sleep lol OMG the torture.

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  12. Karma... the power of the tongue... the same thing that he Kent wished for small Laborian businesses trying to earn a living (just as he is trying as commented above)... is falling back on him. Never wish bad for people especially when you just starting off something similar. God is lying but not asleep.

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  13. In this couropt society, it depends on who you are and who you know. Please allow us to enjoy our human right of a peaceful night sleep.

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  14. The businessman is not being honest, I reside in that particular area and the karaoke goes beyond 2 am at times. Last night the karaoke didn't stop at 2 am.

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    • Barbados have a simply law about loud music :
      IF YOU CAN HEAR THE MUSIC IN THE 2.HOUSE FROM THE PLACE WHERE IT COME FROM, YOU HAVE TO LOWER THE VOLUME ACCORDINGLY.

      and it works well that way.

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  15. Too much fight down n jealousy .instead of community togetherness ppl find ways to bring each other down if your eating garbage I can't leave better than you.As a young business person its annoying . the man bigshot status ka bwelay out chupse

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  16. This man is only trying to earn a living to pay his bills. stop fighting him down or stop trying to shut him down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and there is noTracey Roseau from Laborie

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