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Garth Rattray | There are many victims of loud noise

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Garth Rattray | There are many victims of loud noise

Another case involved an elderly couple who had the misfortune of experiencing an entertainment centre of sorts moving into a nearby property. The entire household dreaded twilight, because it was about that time that the noisy carousing, and blaring ‘music’ began. Aside from the excessive volume and pounding bass, the family was subjected to the filthiest lyrics imaginable. This continued unabated during the pandemic curfews. All authorities were repeatedly appealed to, and, to this blessed day, nothing has been done

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Because of my job, I see the victims of loud noises, the resultant insomnia and several serious physical and mental problems that follow. Several patients (and their families) outline egregious conditions, but a few stand out in my mind. An elderly couple, living in a residentially zoned neighbourhood, was unfortunate because the house immediately next door was rented by someone who did manufacturing. Because it is extremely difficult to get the Government to remedy the situation, the couple suffered through the daily din of deliveries from large and noisy trucks, and the loud machinery noises throughout the nights. Pleading with their neighbour fell on deaf ears.

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Eventually, the lady of the house became ill, as a direct result of lack of sleep. I was seeing her for her suddenly recalcitrant hypertension, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, depression, bad feelings, palpitations, and numerous near faints. She was visiting emergency rooms frequently, since their neighbours started the business next door.

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Out of desperation, her husband went to the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), to make a formal complaint and appeal for help. As soon as he arrived back home, the owner/operator of the factory accosted him and told him that he knew that he was coming from complaining about him to the KSAMC. That spoke volumes about why nothing had been done about the multiple breaches. There was always a KSAMC excuse about not being able to find the owner and leaving notices

ABANDON HER HOME Things got so bad that the lady had to abandon her home and seek refuge in her church at nights, in order to preserve what was left of her declining health. I even wrote to the mayor of the time, but nothing ever happened. Luckily, the factory appeared to have outgrown the premises; peace returned and the lady’s health was restored.

Another case involved an elderly couple who had the misfortune of experiencing an entertainment centre of sorts moving into a nearby property. The entire household dreaded twilight, because it was about that time that the noisy carousing, and blaring ‘music’ began. Aside from the excessive volume and pounding bass, the family was subjected to the filthiest lyrics imaginable. This continued unabated during the pandemic curfews. All authorities were repeatedly appealed to, and, to this blessed day, nothing has been done

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