Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Khadijah Ameen drilled the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on the matter of Noise Pollution at a Joint Select Committee (JSC) meeting yesterday. MP Ameen responding to the Managing Director of the EMA- Mr. Hayden Romano stated that there is no shortage of complaints from the public on noise pollution. She questioned the procedure of the EMA following a complaint from the public over noise pollution.
MP Ameen identified the issue of continuous noise pollution as an issue faced within parts of the St. Augustine constituency. According to the MP, there have been numerous complaints over several years about loud parties or bars in the Trincity area, in the Curepe area as well as the Valsayn area, which were made to the EMA and the TTPS yet nothing was done. She made it clear that it is not her intention to prevent entertainment businesses from earning an income however the issue of noise pollution from repeat offenders must be dealt with. The MP spoke about the impacts it has on constituents particularly those with medical conditions and the elderly in residential areas such as Valsayn and Trincity. She expressed her frustration over lack of enforcement as they are often unable to get the establishments to lower the noise levels.
MP Ameen said she doubts the public would be satisfied with the responses from the EMA and TTPS and strongly urged that recommendations be made for the EMA to be more effective in regulating noise pollution.