Sheriff street noise nuisances affect my sleep
Stabroek News
January 10, 2002

Dear Editor,

I live in Bel Air Park. For the last few months I am awakened between 2:00 to 4:30 a.m. practically every morning by so-called frolic music emitting from the entertainment centres on Sheriff street.The sound waves come and go like big ocean waves for hours. At times the noise is faint and a few minutes later it is so loud that you could think a party is next door. Once I am awake it is difficult to fall asleep again. I suppose a certain anger that builds up is also responsible for not finding sleep again. There I lie thinking of all those people who are having a 'wonderful time'. Are they working people? I wonder what the people in the immediate neighbourhood have to say of these entertainment centres at that time in the morning? Their children must grow up as top dancers, singers or musicians and suffer from brain damage.This artificial happiness must stop. It must stop at least by 1 a.m latest. For those who have to work in the morning it is only fair to get some hours of uninterrupted sleep. The Christmas season is over and normalcy must return. The authorities must act decisively and regulate the noisy fun hours for more than one reason. There are some readers who may think that I could have written a more forceful letter. I hope it is the only letter I have to write.

Yours faithfully,

(name and address provided)

Editor's note:

We suggest you organise a delegation to go to see the Commissioner of Police about this matter. We are getting complaints about noise nuisances from readers all over Georgetown and even out of Georgetown. It is the duty of the police to enforce the law but they seem to be falling down badly in this case. It is time they prosecuted some offenders as this has become a serious social nuisance which affects the health and peace of mind of many citizens. The Minister of Home Affairs should also take this matter on board.