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LCSD deals with noise nuisances at Tuen Mun Park

The following is a statement issued by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) regarding the noise nuisances caused by the musical performances at Tuen Mun Park:

“In view of letting the public enjoy various leisure activities while at the same time avoiding any possible nuisances caused to other venue users, the LCSD adopts a balanced approach to implement the Pleasure Grounds Regulation in its parks.

The Department will not intervene any person who plays music and sings songs in its parks. Only when the noise is too loud, such as using amplifiers, which causes nuisances to other users, warnings will be issued by the park keepers upon receipt of related complaints. The LCSD will then take enforcement action should the party concerned ignore such warnings.

Concerning the situations at Tuen Mun Park, numerous complaints have been received by the LCSD against the noise nuisances caused by the musical performance in the park. These complaints were lodged either in person, via hotline or in written form. Some complaints were even referred by the Police, media organisations and the Ombudsman for the Department’s follow-up actions.

Among those complaints, a joint petition bearing signatures of 271 residents of the Trend Plaza, Tuen Mun, was also submitted, strongly requesting the Department to control the noise levels at the park.

These musical performances have attracted at maximum more than hundreds of audiences, who obstructed the paths of the park. Some audiences were found standing beside the artificial lake and facing the danger of falling into the lake.

In fact, the performing groups have been advised many times to apply for using the Tuen Mun Amphitheatre free of charge and control the noise levels while performing.

It was understood that some of the performing groups have moved to the Amphitheatre to stage their performances after being advised by the Department. However, it was found that some groups have ignored the warnings and continued their performances at other locations in the park with a considerably high noise level, resulting in more complaints from the public.

After consulting the District Management Committee, the LCSD decided to take enforcement actions against those who caused noise nuisances at Tuen Mun Park.

In the joint operation mounted by the LCSD and the Police on May 21, a couple was found playing guitar and singing at a location of the park other than the Amphitheatre. Though they did not use the amplifiers, the park management took down their personal particulars as complaints against noise nuisances caused by their performances had been lodged.

After careful consideration, the Department has decided that no prosecution will be taken.

Tuen Mun Park has a designated area - the Amphitheatre - for holding musical performances. The Amphitheatre provides appropriate facilities, such as a spectator stand, aisles and a covered stage. Performing groups can apply for using the venue free of charge.

With a view to lowering the noise levels and possible nuisances caused by the musical performances, the LCSD has discussed with the Architectural Services Department to work out feasible measures to control the noise level, such as installation of sound barriers or a roof, or any other measures to eliminate the noise levels.

As there are musical performances held in other venues, the LCSD will consult the District Councils in this respect and work out if there are other suitable venues to allow these activities without causing any disturbances to other venue users.

The spokesman emphasized that the public should be considerate and avoid causing any nuisances to other park users when using the public leisure facilities or parks.

Ends/Tuesday, July 5, 2005
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