People’s National Party (PNP) caretaker for West Rural, St Andrew, Krystal Tomlinson has joined the chorus of voices calling for the government to extend the cut-off time for events.
Under the noise abatement act, the cut-off times for event is 12:00 am on weekdays, and 2:00 am on weekends.
But this was extended to 2:00 am on weekdays, and 4:00 am on weekends during the Christmas holidays till January 31.
However, Tomlinson does not believe that short extension period was enough. And that consideration should be given to the area in which the event is being held before it’s locked off.
“Somewhere like downtown which is full of parking lots, why would you shut off a dance at 2:00 am in downtown, are we afraid of waking up the paint?” she asked.
“They’re building rooftops that are used as parking that you should be able to keep a dance till 10:00 am in the morning if you want to,” she added
She pointed out that these parties help stimulate economic growth. “That’s an industry for the soup man, for the man selling jerk chicken, for the selector. A dance can employ six selector, instead of two and three because it’s a longer party,” she said.
She said it’s imperative that the government work towards sustainable solutions that will not disadvantage the people who benefit from these events the most.
“There are other economies that are linked to dancehall and entertainment and we have to expand our thinking so we can make money, ” she said.
“If your idea of solving the problem means that people are going to be poorer, or that they need to lock up in their house, then that’s not a good and sustainable solution,” she said.