Bars, prayer houses not spared in the BT City ban.

Written by  Sam Phiri

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has come out to justify its recent ban on holding of wedding, engagement and bridal shower ceremonies in residential areas saying the move is also targeting bars, churches and mosques.

Anthony Kasunda Anthony Kasunda
06
May

Following the ban the general public questioned the council`s decision as the its message was deemed to target garden owners and not bars and prayer houses that also make noise in residential areas.


But speaking to MBC online on Blantyre City Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda said prior to the communication the council had already sent notices to owners of pubs and prayers houses located in residential areas.


“We already sent letters to owners of Bars, prayer houses and mosques that are located in residential areas but it’s just that garden owners have been difficult to be traced that’s why we went to the media,” said Kasunda without explaining on why it has taken the council long to enforce the law.


The ban followed a confession from the council`s Director of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services for the Blantyre City Council Sylvester Mitini-Nkhoma that the Council has been receiving complaints from some residents from various townships about noise that comes from bridal showers, birthday parties, kitchen top-ups and wedding ceremonies held within residential areas.

 

And Kasunda added that, the Council had noted with great concern the increase in the number of houses being turned into arenas for public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements and bridal showers in residential areas contrary of zoning of the same as residential areas under the Urban Structure Plan of the City of Blantyre.

 

“Blantyre City residents have been complaining against the increased noise pollution in the City and according to Kasunda, it is the mandate of the Council to ensure that all the residents live in a peaceful and orderly manner,” he said.

 

He said the situation is deplorable because it is happening without getting development permission to change use of the said premises from residential to commercial.

 

He further added that the Council has the legal mandate to take action against those providing venues to such events which may include prosecution and even confiscating of music materials to be used as exhibits in court.

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