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