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March 21, 2014
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Designated dance sites for St Thomas
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer


Superintendent Merrick Watson - File

The St Thomas police are moving forward with plans to create designated dance sites in communities across the parish, in an effort to reduce night noise from sound systems who play at parties.

Recently, Superintendent Merrick Watson, while at a community forum in Seaforth, St Thomas, told residents that the police were aware of the importance of community dances and entertainment events, but stressed that there needed to be more structure to the practice of holding sessions in residential areas.

He added that designated areas would be chosen after consultation between the police and residents. Under the new structure, fewer permits would be granted to promoters in residential areas, and where no designated area can be identified, no permit will be granted. Round Robins, however, will be allowed to operate, provided the sound systems abide by a sound limit.

Superintendent Watson explained that while he understood the importance of the commerce these events generated, it was equally important for the rights of residential citizens to be safeguarded and hope that communities will cooperate in implementing the new measures.

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