Time to silence the loud, profane music
Once again this summer, we the people of Spanish Point have been forced to listen to loud music coming from Spanish Point Park.
Although, I will say that after calling my MP on Friday night [of Cup Match], Saturday and Sunday were much better than the first two nights.
The thoughtless people who play this music appear to have no consideration for the people who live in the area, possibly old, sick, maybe shift workers.
However, regardless of who they may be, the rest of us residents should have the right to sit on our porches or in our yard and not have to listen to music, which very often contains profanity, blasted at a level that anyone in the area can plainly hear.
The Parks Department published a Cup Match supplement which asked campers to be considerate of other campers and area residents when playing music — however, they choose to do nothing about it when campers are not compliant.
Hence it continues and will only get worse as the authorities appear to have no intention of doing anything about it. Perhaps all of us should play our choice of music at the same volume. Can you imagine?
The Parks Department also stated that campers were permitted to put up tents on Tuesday of Cup Match but were not allowed to camp until Wednesday. However, there were at least a dozen tents in Spanish Point Park on Monday night, many of which campers occupied. What is the point of publishing these supplements if the Parks Department has no intention of enforcing the rules? Unfortunately, there does not appear to be anybody you can call at the Parks Department over weekends or public holidays who would address concerns.
Noise pollution is growing in leaps and bounds, with car stereos, people playing music in public places and their homes with little regard for others. There are laws which state how far music can be heard and when it can be played, but once again the authorities choose to do nothing about this, hence the problem escalates, and will continue until the powers that be choose to be serious about addressing this problem.
Spanish Point Park is regularly used for public drinking, by loud and offensive people who play loud and often offensive music, littering, drug dealing, just to name a few of the problems.
The park is not a place you can take your family or go to for some peace and quiet and has been taken over by a few thoughtless people, whom the authorities seem to ignore.
My guess is that many of the other parks are experiencing the same problems. In my view this will only change if enough people make enough noise to the media, the authorities or their MP about this, then possibly the authorities will begin to address the problem.
DAVID DOIDGE, Spanish Point
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