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THA, Police tackle Noise Pollution
There is some end in sight for persons
affected by noise pollution across Tobago
as police and the Tobago House of Assem-
bly(THA) show their readiness to address
the issue head on.
A consensus was reached by concerned
stakeholders at a meeting held at the Works
Department Lecture Room, Shaw Park, last
The meeting was called by the Tobago
Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service after numerous complaints from
residents and tourists along with hoteliers
and guest house owners, particularly in the
Crown Point area.
Tobago Today understands the meeting
which was well attended by officials from
the THA, tourism industry, two senior police
officers- ACP Moore and Sen Sup Archie,
business owners, lawyers and officers from
the Environment Management Authority(E-
MA) and policemen, discussed how the mat-
ter could be addressed amicably.
Business owners were reminded of the law
as it relates to noise pollution.
The law states: no noise levels should be
above 65db during the hours of 8 am to 8
pm; the noise level is measured from outside
the property and the business owners are
responsible; a minimum fine of $10,000 from
the EMA plus restrictions can be placed on
the bar licence or the licence can be revoked
and bars and clubs should give notice to
neighbours before loud events or parties.
Addressing the stakeholders, Secretary of
Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment,
Kwesi Des Vignes, said the public must be
part of the solution to the problem of noise
pollution which can have a long-term impact
on Tobago's economy.
"While law enforcers and the Government
would do their part to protect its citizens,"
Des Vignes said, "individual and collective
responsibility must also be borne with those
that are closest to the issues...we must all
see the bigger picture."
The recently-formed task force will also
play a crucial role in monitoring noise levels.
Among the proposals agreed to at the
meeting were: the use of personal sound
metres, engaging the services of sound engi-
neers, and drafting a memorandum of under-
standing (MoU) regarding noise pollution,
which should be completed in the next three
... 'live and let live' consensus
DIQE Secretary Kwesi Des Vignes welcomes Senior Superintendent Joanne Archie to the division recently.
opens Icon Exhibit
A month-long exhibition showcasing Tobago
Legends opens on Carnival Friday at the newly
created Pioneers Gallery.
PUSH Foundation will operate the facility that
is dedicated to showcasing great Tobago endeavor
throughout the 20th century. This first exhibition
will open daily from 9am to 6pm till the end of
March according to its President Andre Phillips
who allocated space at his residence on Humming-
bird Avenue Sou Sou Land to house Pioneers Gal-
Other initiatives will gradually emerge to com-
pliment this venture which initially focuses on
legends of the public service ,performing arts and
People United to Save our Heritage (PUSH)has
mounted numerous exhibitions showcasing Toba-
go Icons across Tobago since 2001.
Tourism to be
The actions of all tourism stake-
holders are geared towards mar-
keting Destination Tobago. This is
part of the stated objective of Sec-
retary of Tourism, Culture and
Transportation, Nadine Stew-
art-Phillips and members of the
The Secretary told reporters, at
last week's post-Executive Council
meeting, she met the stakeholders
to address their concerns.
He said as a group they also
decided that increasing the number
of arrivals and improving service
on the inter-island air and sea
bridges and addressing crime are
of major importance if the state of
the industry is to improve.
The Secretary met with Chris
James, President of the Tobago
Hotel and Tourism Association and
Kaye Trotman, President of the
Tobago Unique Bed and Breakfast
and Self-Catering Association.
She explained why she met the
tourism stakeholders. "The purpose
of the meeting was to get a better
understanding of the challenges
experienced by the stakeholders and
She said the Division will con-
tinue to support the various tour-
ism stakeholders in Tobago.
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