Concerned residents Action Group - Noise disruption outreach.

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Concerned Residents Action group- Green Point -  Bylaw enforcement outreach

 

Green Point is bombarded by excessive noise disturbance week after week, by a multitude of uncontrolled and sometimes unlawful events. The lawful right to quiet enjoyment is not being held up and "noise exemption"permits are being handed out to delinquent organisers on a regular basis with no regard for residents' rights. Our first phase investigations show strong legal grounds to have residents'rights protected and preserved. We have engaged investigators and senior counsel for this purpose.

 

Can we stop the Cape town events department permitting frequent and unacceptable abuse of our rights by event noise disturbance and other infractions by delinquent organisers and inadequate support and protection,  for thousands of residents of Green Point, Mouille Point, Waterfront, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, and some other adjoining areas?

 

 

The Concerned Residents Action Group is a voluntary Association which investigates and takes action against CoCT and/or other groups whose interest conflict with those of residents of Cape Town.

Presently, we are investigating the noise disturbance at the stadium and in particular, the surrounding venues and have established strong legal grounds on which to have residents interests preserved. For these purposes, we have incurred legal costs of R11’400 + 7 % thundafund costs and admin costs = 13 400,  which relate to legal counsel’s fees. 

 

Our attorneys are at this stage acting pro bono. Your assistance when required would be appreciated as our efforts are for the benefit of our residential interests and rights, and affect residents of Green Point, Mouille Point, Waterfront, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, and some other adjoining areas”

 

 

History

There have been many negative situations whereby the Events department of the City of Cape town has aligned itself with the needs and profits of delinquent organisers to stage events for their mutual profit.

 

In this process, there has repeatedly been little to no regard for residents' rights to reasonable quiet enjoyment of their homes.  Delinquent organisers have not fulfilled their promises, police have frequently had to be called in, residents are forced to run away from their homes and vacate the suburb all weekend or evenings, to escape the pounding noise, no law enforcement has been in place, and in many cases the events department has handed out "noise exemption permits" which have made it impossible for police to act upon the massive noise disturbances. This is unacceptable in the extreme, and the entire area is unsuitable for amplified sound events due to the "ampitheatre effect" with the mountain in the background. 

 

Attempts by ratepayer associations to mitigate this by implementation of guidelines, or oppose certain events entirely have regularly been dismissed/overruled by the City of Cape town events department, with an arrogant "your guidelines are not our rules" attitude.

 

In addition the city claims that they do not have the funds for proper enforcement, or traffic or other enforcement or areas of management, yet they issue permits anyway as they appear only to be concerned about organisers' profits and the event equipment rental companies making their money from giant speaker rental. 

 

These events do not benefit most of the residents of the area, and are a source of terrible abuse. In addition, many of the venues of these events are subsidised by local rates, which is also unacceptable.

 

Concerned residents action group believes we have the legal grounds to stop this abuse and replace it with a situation where residents' rights are protected.

 

The funds we require are for first round investigations that have shown very likely legal grounds to address this problem and protect and preserve residents'rights.

The Team

The Concerned Residents Action Group is a voluntary Association which investigates and takes action against CoCT and/or other groups whose interests conflict with those of residents of Cape Town.

 

 

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