Kite fly­ing at night a nui­sance Miss­ing teen girl found

Pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety for a Qui­eter Bar­ba­dos, Carl Moore, is again ap­peal­ing to cit­i­zens to have con­sid­er­a­tion for their neigh­bours and lessen the noise. The 14-year-old who was re­ported miss­ing has been found. Po­lice say Des­tiny Meisha Haynes-har­ris,

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By Car­los Atwell

This call comes af­ter a res­i­dent of Strath­clyde, St Michael, Liz Se­nior, lodged another com­plaint with po­lice that kites were keep­ing her up at night.

“The prob­lem with noise is not only that it is un­wanted, it in­duces hear­ing loss, stress, high blood pres­sure, sleep loss, dis­trac­tion, lost pro­duc­tiv­ity and a gen­eral re­duc­tion in the qual­ity of life and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for tran­quil­ity and re­flec­tion,” Moore said.

“I could never un­der­stand the rea­son for fly­ing a kite at night. We used to call it “stak­ing out”. The ob­jec­tive was not to mea­sure the weather; nei­ther was it to pro­vide elec­tric­ity. It was sim­ply to make un­com­fort­able other peo­ple down­wind from the owner of the kite.”

Not con­sid­er­ate

He said peo­ple were not be­ing con­sid­er­ate of neigh­bours since the fly­ing of kites at night was noth­ing new. Moore said there was a de­cline in tol­er­ance, which he called a “dis­ap­pear­ing Bar­ba­dian virtue”. Go­ing for­ward, he said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would do its best to per­suade Bar­ba­di­ans that noise was a nui­sance to health.

“Suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments of Bar­ba­dos have played around with all en­vi­ron­men­tal nui­sances and paid only lip ser­vice to the prob­lem. They talk and talk . . . . This is Bar­ba­dos in the 21st cen­tury. As I write, a young man in my dis­trict is ‘let­ting out’ a kite to fly all night. The time is 5:30 p.m,” he said.

The bulls of the kite, are now made of plas­tic and they cre­ate the noise af­fect­ing both Se­nior and her neigh­bour An­stey King.

Con­stant noise

“When peo­ple hold events they have to ap­ply for per­mits and af­ter a cer­tain time the event has to end, but this is con­stant and the noise is just un­bear­able. Kite sea­son has come and gone but this has been go­ing on now on a daily ba­sis,” King said.

Se­nior, who is a white woman, is charg­ing that on the nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions that she has con­fronted the kite own­ers, ra­cial slurs were hurled her way.

“I ac­tu­ally re­tired here . . . . I like paint­ing but I can’t con­cen­trate be­cause a lot of the times it is im­pos­si­ble be­cause of the noise. And what I can­not un­der­stand is why one of them hasn’t been pros­e­cuted un­der the Pub­lic Nui­sance Act be­cause then word would get around and ev­ery­body’s lives would be­come much eas­ier,” she added

Po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Act­ing In­spec­tor Roland Cob­bler, who con­firmed her re­port, said of­fi­cers re­sponded to the mat­ter and paci­fied the sit­u­a­tion. He said the kite own­ers were asked to take it down. ( TG)

Denci Jones is in des­per­ate need of a new home and thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of the Na­tional As­sis­tance Board (NAB) may soon be get­ting one.

The 70-year-old lives in a di­lap­i­dated wood and wall house in Gib­bons Boggs, Christ Church, which has a rot­ting ceil­ing and floor­boards and is full of clothes and other ma­te­ri­als strewn ev­ery­where.

When a WEEK­END NA­TION team vis­ited, Jones said the is­sue evolved around a family dis­pute and she would pre­fer if she and her two grand­chil­dren could be moved.

“I have been here more than 40 years, I’ve raised my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren here, but now I want a new place to live for me and my grand­chil­dren,” she said.

Jones said four grand­chil­dren used to live with her but the mother of the youngest ones had taken them away while the re­main­ing, one a stu­dent of St Leonard’s Boys’ School and the other a stu­dent of the Sa­muel Jack­man Prescod In­sti­tute of

A kite one res­i­dent said landed on their prop­erty.

One an­noyed niegh­bour sub­mit­ted this pic­ture of two men mak­ing a large kite for fly­ing in the dis­trict. (GP)


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