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,
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.”
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.
“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