ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – The Grenada police Tuesday defended its decision to stop a religious concert that was designed to usher in the New Year, saying that the organisers did not have the necessary permission.
Superintendent Michael Francois said that the original application from the organiser, Roger Lewis had been denied, but was amended after negotiations to allow the concert to proceed without the use of a loud speaker during the period from midnight to 5.00 am
“Granting permission for use of a loud speaker is done in accordance with the Noise Pollution Act, and the Commissioner did not grant the permission for a number of reasons and this was explained to the organiser.
“However, after negotiations a compromise was reach and it was decided that the concert can occurred but without the use of the speaker, unfortunately the organiser did not comply and instead went ahead and used the sound system,” he said.
The Noise Pollution Act forbids the use of louder speakers in residential areas and Francois said that a resident called the police about the use of the loud speaker during the concert.
“… when the necessary research was done it was realised by the officers on duty that permission was not granted,” Francois added.
Any person who is guilty of an offence under the Noise Pollution Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine of EC$250 (US$93).