The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has met with stakeholders in the entertainment industry to discuss several areas of concern, including provisions of the Noise Abatement Act.
Minister Grange discussed some proposals to amend the Noise Abatement Act to enhance the social and economic value of entertainment in national development.
Minister Grange told the stakeholders that in discussion with the Minister of National Security (who has responsibility for the Noise Abatement Act) she has put forward proposals regarding the days and hours that would be approved for entertainment events, an extension of hours, the establishment of entertainment zones, and other relevant matters.
The Minister said while the discussions on amending the legislation are progressing, she was also working hard to find solutions to address the ongoing conflict between the police and the Dancehall fraternity, including sound system operators.
Minister Grange told stakeholders that any lasting solution would require a balanced approach from all involved.
Minister Grange said:
“I am advocating for a well-reasoned and fair approach that allows for good order and sustainable management of entertainment as an industry and an economic driver. Amending the legislation and the development of entertainment zones will make a difference in arriving at a solution.”
The Minister committed to consult with the relevant government agencies and individuals including the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police and to report back to the group on a recommended way forward.
Minister Grange also asked the stakeholder to document the issues they are facing and submit them to the Ministry as those reports would form the basis for meaningful engagement with government agencies.