They say that without music, life would be a mistake. Well according to a few residents of Georgeville, Cayo, the only mistake they ever made was turning on their record players in the first place. Yesterday we spoke to some upset residents of the Village of Georgeville who claim that police are harassing them and are not letting them play their music; be it during the day or during the night. Police went so far as to intervene at a local church service for allegedly “making too much noise”.
“We have a problem at the village from since last year at least going on from at least 6 or 8 months now where we are not allowed to play radio, music, anything that has to do with noise, it nuh really matter if it deh on loud or on soft. As soon as you put on something inna your house weh haftu do with that, the police come da yoh house. We know that it’s not just the little small constables, whoever to blame, they’re getting orders from higher authorities so they have to come, so we don’t have a problem with them coming but you can’t have a party, from the churches they close down.”
So who is giving the orders. A few residents believe Assistant Commissioner of Police and head of CIB Russell Blackett, who lives in the middle of the community, is behind it all.
Whenever we start to play our music, Mister Black send two jeep load a police by my house two different time. They gaan way upstairs, mi son in law had a lee thing back by the house, and when yuh look we si the police them come and seh they haftu tek off the music because it di affect he and I nuh know inna what way it di affect he caz me live almost by front ah Miss Hyde.
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“So they didn’t say for you to lower it. They said for you to cut it off?”
“Yoh haftu cut it off entirely. And you nuh think us GeorgeVille people suppose to get enough ah it caz when they hear a music di come they tek it off. Police from Belmopan come, police from Cayo come. They come with their heavy guns like we da prisoners, Saturday you can’t play music, Friday you can’t play music, and Saturday most people deh home. I am so sorry but I have to rail up caz I want hear mi news.”
According to the Noise Abatement Act found in Chapter 328 of the Environmental protection act revised edition 2003, a person commits an offence if they emit noise from their premises that is louder than 45 decibels for over 30 minutes. The complainants said authorities did not even check for the decibel level, but according to ACP Russell Blackett, they did and the readings proved to be above the decibel level. [
”On the 8th of September 2014, last year, we had a meeting with Mister Gordon from the environmental office in Belmopan along with his assistant Mister Escalante. Present at the meeting was Superintendent Thompson, who is the officer in commanding of police in San Ignacio District, the Corpral Medina , who was at the time in charge of Georgeville Police Station, and both parties who were continuously complaining about the loudness of music were present. We put up some new terms about the treatment of the noise is 37-39 of what the law requires. The decibel level in a residential neighborhood is 45 decibels for 30 minutes. I know that parties are well aware of what 45 decibels is, that it must not disturb the neighbors, our neighborhood. So it’s not personal, I have been speaking to the people across that community, I know Georgeville is a very beautiful community, this is next to the Mountain Pine Ridge, about 7 miles throughout the 7 miles road. And I must tell you it is a very nice place to live but it’s just that you will find factions want to do and carry on certain activities and illegal activities will not happen because the law will step in.”
ACP Blackett says there will be a meeting shortly in the Bullet Tree community to address a similar situation where one “noisy neighbourhood,” according to Blackett, is causing a nuisance to the residents of that village.