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Use of external public address equipment banned in Tuen Mun Park

In conjunction with the Leisure and Culture Committee of Tuen Mun District Council, staff of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) distributed leaflets in Tuen Mun Park this afternoon (November 5), appealing to park-users to refrain from using external public address equipment in the park.

The new measure was implemented with the support of the Leisure and Culture Committee of Tuen Mun District Council, in view of the noise nuisances caused by the use of external public address equipment in the park to local residents and park-goers.

Notices have already been put up to inform park-users of the new measure.

The spokesman explained that the park management had all along adopted an open approach to ensure users could enjoy park facilities and various leisure activities without annoying others.

Park-users are free to play music and sing, so long as these activities do not cause noise nuisances or obstruction of passage. In view of excessive noise generated by the use of external public address equipment, such as microphones, loud speakers, amplifiers etc, the use of such equipment in Tuen Mun Park without prior permission is prohibited under the new measure.

The spokesman said the department would install a sound barrier at the park's amphitheatre so music performances could be staged there while reducing noise levels.

The department is also trying to identify suitable venues near the park where music lovers can perform.

"As the amphitheatre was built to cater for performances, external public address equipment can be used there in accordance with the terms of use, including the requirement to keep sound levels under 70 decibels. Performing groups can apply to use the amphitheatre free of charge. Also, various locations within the district such as Tin Hau Square, Gold Coast Montmarte Culture Square, community halls managed by the Home Affairs Department and even some indoor squash courts have been offered for use by local music lovers.

"These venues are either away from residential areas or indoors. If users wish, they can use external public address equipment at these venues without disturbing others," the spokesman said.

"We believe that most park-users are co-operative and considerate."

He noted that the noise problem in Tuen Mun Park had lessened since the implementation of the new measure.

Ends/Saturday, November 5, 2005
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