Keep discos away from apartment blocks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 12:00am

I am concerned about the establishment of discotheques in residential areas.

Noise pollution is one of the most serious problems in Hong Kong. We have to endure all kinds of noise at night and some of this, for example traffic, is unavoidable. Such disturbances should not be made worse by officials allowing discos to open their doors in residential neighbourhoods.

Discos play music at a high volume and sometimes they operate throughout the night.

When they are opened in an apartment block, it is impossible for residents to get a good night's sleep. This can affect their performance during the day when they are at work. Some discos are also a magnet for triad society members seeking new, young recruits, or wanting to sell drugs.

Residential neighbourhoods are supposed to be safe places where people can live in peace. Therefore it is wholly inappropriate to have discos there because they present security problems.

I urge the relevant government department to bear these points in mind when it is considering licence applications from these businesses.


Tsuen Wan