Ministry to ask EMA to control noise at Brian Lara Stadium

The Plan­ning Min­istry will be ask­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) to pay at­ten­tion to fete noise lev­els em­a­nat­ing from the Lara Sta­di­um in Mara­bel­la since con­stituents of at least five sur­round­ing PNM and UNC con­stituen­cies have com­plained of the noise.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has con­firmed Plan­ning Min­is­ter Camille Robin­son-Reg­is will be asked to have the EMA at­tend to the sit­u­a­tion on oc­ca­sions when fetes are held at the Lara fa­cil­i­ties.

Young did so in Par­lia­ment around Wednes­day night af­ter UNC whip David Lee ap­pealed for as­sis­tance on the is­sue.

The sta­di­um sits in an iso­lat­ed part of Mara­bel­la— but in a bowl-like lo­ca­tion whose shape am­pli­fies sounds with­in.

Res­i­dents of sur­round­ing ar­eas in­clude phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged chil­dren, a se­nior cit­i­zen home, a home for chal­lenged peo­ple and el­der­ly peo­ple.

Lee told MPs that res­i­dents have been com­plain­ing over the last year about noise from fetes for which the sta­di­um is rent­ed.

“Be­cause of the sta­di­um’s lo­ca­tion, sound em­anates when the wind blows and peo­ple in San Fer­nan­do West, Vista Bel­la etc have come to me.

They said that in the wee hours— 2 to 3 am es­pe­cial­ly - they can’t sleep as the sounds wake them up, they’re los­ing sleep and are be­ing dis­tressed at the kind of sounds com­ing from the lo­ca­tion,”

“The Na­pari­ma MP, St Joseph Vil­lage, the Tabaquite MP’s con­stituents, oth­ers in San Fer­nan­do East are al­so suf­fer­ing.

I spoke to (Young) to see what could be done about get­ting EMA in­volved when fetes are thrown so there would be­come con­trol on these ac­tiv­i­ties- com­mu­ni­ties are cry­ing out for help,” Lee added.

Lee said the “Free­dom” fete at the sta­di­um last week went on un­til 5 to 6 am. He not­ed Young went to the area re­cent­ly.

“Be­cause there are no bar­ri­ers to the sound it trav­els across to Vista Bel­la, where hous­es on the hills es­pe­cial­ly are af­fect­ed.

So I’m ask­ing to have some re­lief brought as it af­fects all sur­round­ing ar­eas, Mara­bel­la, Pointe a Pierre, San Fer­nan­do East and West, Tabaquite’s con­stituent,” Lee added.

“I see (PNM San Fer­nan­do East MP shak­ing his head (in agree­ment),”

Young sub­se­quent­ly said it was cor­rect the is­sue falls un­der the EMA which has the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty to mon­i­tor noise lev­els. “And we’ll be ask­ing them to do so,” he added.

He said the re­port he re­ceived on the is­sue sug­gest­ed that out of all events held at the lo­ca­tion, there’ve been no in­ci­dents. “But we have heard what (Lee) said, we don’t want peo­ple to be dis­com­fort­ed,” he added

He said the en­ti­ty that looks af­ter the sta­di­um has re­mind­ed Gov­ern­ment it’s a sport­ing fa­cil­i­ty and not made for fetes.

“We’ll con­tin­ue speak­ing with the MPS for San Fer­nan­do East, West and PAP and ask through the Plan­ning Min­is­ter to have the EMA pay some at­ten­tion to this when fetes are held at the fa­cil­i­ty,” he said.

Lee told the T&T Guardian yes­ter­day he was heart­ened by Young’s re­sponse.

Reporter: Gail Alexander