Vic Falls residents lobby for stiffer penalties against noise-making churches

VICTORIA FALLS ward 11 residents have called on council and police to impose stiffer penalties on noise-makers, including churches built in residential areas.

BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI

The appeal was made during 2019 budget consultative meeting held at Chamabondo Primary School in Mkhosana on Sunday.

Residents said unchecked noise pollution was now a cause for concern as some residents defy neighbours’ appeal to reduce volumes of their radios.

“We are having a serious challenge as ward 11 dwellers.

We have neighbours who play loud music all night.

These people mount speakers on their verandas and drown the neighbourhood with loud music without seeking police clearance.

This is commonplace in many households and has created a lot of tension. Some of us knock off work around 9pm only to retire to noise that only subsides around 4:30am,” one resident said.

The resident said the noise was disrupting their school-going children’s studies and sleep.

“We would like to appeal to council and police that they craft a law to guide these people so that we live in harmony,” one resident said.

“Council gave stands to Pentecostal churches in the middle of residential areas and our Sundays have become a nightmare.

The planning was poorly done and we don’t know how you can fix that.

These churches play their instruments at high volumes and they will be singing loudly the whole day forgetting that it irritates the next resident.

Council needs to remove those churches so that peace is maintained.

Churches must be situated apart from residential areas,” another said.

Ward 11 councillor Edmore Zhou concurred with residents and appealed to council to act.

At the same meeting, residents also appealed to council to monitor bars and nightclubs in residential areas and regulate their operations.

Council finance director Neville Ndlovu pledged to work with law enforcement agents to regulate noise-makers.

He said bars and nightclubs had stipulated opening and closing timetables that they should stick to.

Due to poor attendance, residents and council resolved to meet again tomorrow.

5 Comments

  1. Churches should be found where people are. Understand the purpose of the church first unless you are one of those who does not want to see people delivered from the powers of darkness

    1. Then just ring them bells and church goers will come to the church. Why place loud speakers outside to disturb the tranquility of others? Not everybody appreciates the loud and noisy churches – praise and singing every minute is not worshiping, some churches use meditation and reflection methods – how are they going to do that when the neighbor is shouting at the top of his lungs.

      So ve noise kure nedzimba dzedu better off next to a pub or bottle store where you can drown each other with that noisy loud music and shouting.

    2. because of noise pollution they have to be away from pple though they are where they are now because of easy accessibility by pple but noise pollution is a major concern as well as accessibility

  2. They are so many churches in Zim so its wise if they reduce their volumes so that you wont disturb your neighbor, just imagine some turned their houses into churches.

  3. noise pollution is a major concern for sure they shud be relocated because they wont reduce their volumes i tell u so away from pple they shud go… through planning eyes it mayb that they are situated where they are because of easy accessibility but noise pollution was not taken into account here…it depends also with the time the area was developed but they shud b relocated these are “negative externalities”.

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