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Construction on Sundays a 'noise nuisance'- Hon Fraser

- asks HoA to revisit Noise Control & Abatement Act
Under the Noise Control and Abatement Act, persons in the Virgin Islands are required to obtain permission in order to amplify sound of any kind beyond the confines of personal space anywhere in the territory; however, this act does not cite instances of Sunday construction. Photo: IndiaMart/File
Third district Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Fraser RA, has called on legislators to revisit the Noise Control and Abatement Act, given weekend noise pollution from sources such as construction work continues to be an issue. Photo: VINO/File
Third district Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Fraser RA, has called on legislators to revisit the Noise Control and Abatement Act, given weekend noise pollution from sources such as construction work continues to be an issue. Photo: VINO/File
In calling upon the Attorney General, Hon Baba F. Aziz to take a closer look at the act, the Veteran legislator said citizens in residential areas have been putting up with noise all throughout the week, however, Sundays especially is bothersome. Photo: GIS/File
In calling upon the Attorney General, Hon Baba F. Aziz to take a closer look at the act, the Veteran legislator said citizens in residential areas have been putting up with noise all throughout the week, however, Sundays especially is bothersome. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Third District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Fraser RA, has called on legislators to revisit the Noise Control and Abatement Act, given weekend noise pollution from sources such as construction work in residential areas continues to be an issue.

Hon Fraser made the call as part of his statements delivered under Private Members Business, at the continuation of the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on September 2, 2019.

'Nuisance' - Hon Fraser

“We have been careful in making sure that people can’t have loud music and other noises beyond a certain time at night, but what about this nuisance that we have called construction on Sundays in neighbourhoods where people live?”

In calling upon the Attorney General, Hon Baba F. Aziz to take a closer look at the Act, the veteran legislator said citizens in residential areas have been putting up with noise all throughout the week; however, Sundays especially is bothersome.

“I know we put up with it, we tolerate it, Monday through Friday even Saturdays and into the night But when Sundays come… Members of this Honourable house need to take a closer look on how our people treat their neighbours in what’s good and right in that regard,” he said.

Under the Noise Control and Abatement Act, persons are required to obtain permission in order to amplify sound of any kind beyond the confines of personal space anywhere in the territory; however, this act does not cite instances of Sunday construction.

Act Covers establishments

While Hon Fraser’s call is not new in the territory, under normal instances, an advance letter of request would normally be made in writing to the Commissioner of Police to obtain a Noise Exemption Permission Letter for certain categories of business.

Under that law, bars and restaurants and other categories of licenced establishments can operate up until midnight, Monday to Saturday, with the exception of Sunday, where a closing time of 9:00 pm is standard unless permission is granted to operate beyond those hours.

18 Responses to “Construction on Sundays a 'noise nuisance'- Hon Fraser”

  • yea right (08/09/2019, 09:31) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Someone needs to tell the bar in CGB that.
    • Ajic (09/09/2019, 15:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dont forget these motor cycles racing and making noise all day and night.
  • John (08/09/2019, 10:09) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    I really hope they look into this, sometimes it gets ridiculous late into the night when people relaxing. I'm reading this article and hearing banging in my street, it's beyond inconsiderate.
  • Really (08/09/2019, 10:16) Like (60) Dislike (16) Reply

    Fraser himself is a nuisance in the house... This country is rebuilding from a horricane, so that must stop because you can't take some noise? Siddown Fraser.

    • 411 (08/09/2019, 11:54) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Really. You need to leave Him alone and think outside the box. He is asking for the whole act to be revisited, and I would think it's not just for construction noise on Sundays, but on any given day especially after a certain time. This is not just to 'comfort' himself, but the whole territory. And if this act is even given any kind of consideration, I hope they be mindful that not only 'odd hour' construction, and loud music affecting residential neighborhoods, but the noise levels of parks and basketball courts that are close to residents homes, and also these extremely loud scooters and motorcycles on the road all hour of the night you can't continue your phone call, even if you're inside your house or can't hear what the tv is saying. The tourists find it really annoying when they pass them on the streets with this ridiculous scooter noise coming at them.
      Now, i would say that at a time like this, the minister and others should be mindful that people are still rebuilding. Some are only now able to start, while others have to take their time and do what the could, however they could. With that being said, some persons work during the week and use their weekend to do their own construction themself. That includes Saturdays or / and Sundays. Have a heart. You may one day have weekend or Sunday work to do too. I was one of the last in my neighrborhood to do my rebuilding, and my contractor told me once he could work on the weekends as well as during the week, things will go faster. I told him that's fine and as courtesy, I let my neighbors around me know what was going on and they were fine with it too. We just need to be more mindful of each other around here. Especially knowing that it won't be for ever.
    • jj (08/09/2019, 13:48) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      You need to STFU and sit down. Fraser is a senior man in the house.
  • Thinking Out Loud (08/09/2019, 11:06) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    i'm thinking out loud if no work was done on his personal house on a Sunday when it was under construction. i can understand wee hours of the morning or into the night, but c'mon man.
  • student (08/09/2019, 14:05) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Like really. Time is already hard in this place.. So so if the workers could get an extra day pay on the weekend to meet up with these high cost of living in the Bvi , let them.!!!!! This man just want to be heard. Smh. I would never vote for him.
  • ... (08/09/2019, 14:09) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    good points Frazer
    • Hopeful (08/09/2019, 16:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Government need to make all bar owner to sound proof there bars before issuing a license
  • on a real (08/09/2019, 17:32) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Like I work almost an entire week sometimes, so mostly i look forward to some quiet on a Sunday. Not everyone work the same hours, same days or perform the same tasks...give a rest man. If there is an emergency fine; some people or businesses are just inconsiderate of others.
  • Hopeful (08/09/2019, 18:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frazer is right especially the Spanish bars they play music loud every night 7 days a week
  • Anyhow (08/09/2019, 19:43) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    When Fraser was driving around in his noisy Jeep Wrangler he didn't know about noise nusance.
  • Go sit down (09/09/2019, 06:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    People ha e to get things done whenever they can. We are still in recovery stage a d you want the work to stop? Fraser shut down all the Spanish bars in sea cows bay and you will have less noise.

  • Hmmmm (09/09/2019, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Construction is priority, in Dubai where construction is 24 hrs a day. Do you thing the Government will stop development or a rebuilding process? The should implement this on the BARS immediately. These Bars in Sea Cows Bay especially Dos Chicas & the one behind Cills.
  • x (09/09/2019, 09:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What if I want to rest on Saturday and do my work on Sunday? I'm asking for a friend.
  • Want Peace (09/09/2019, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some people are so inconsiderate. I agree with Fraser. Sunday is a day most people wants to relax and recuperate for work and school on Monday. I personally don't want no noise in my head on Sundays. We are so low minded in this country and take person opinions and concerns personally. Fraser is not raising the point for him, he is doing so for the people of this county (BVIslanders and foreigners). He cares about our peace of mind. Let go of your political issues and grasp his idea for peace sake.
  • concerned citizen (09/09/2019, 19:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, the Noise Control and Abatement Act is on the law-books, but sadly, like just about everything else, it is not enforced.

    On Sundays we still have to put up with the disgusting ear-splitting noise of drivers blasting music in their motor vehicles, not to mention the motor cyclists roaring up and down, disturbing the peace.

    At least the construction workers are trying to repair yet another home or business place that was damaged by the hurricanes of 2017.


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