Details of park noise barriers unveiled

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 12:00am

18-metre-high structure around the amphitheatre will reduce noise from musicians by 10 decibels

Councillors have been given details of the fortress-type barrier that is intended to reduce noise caused by musicians in Tuen Mun.

The barrier, to be built around the park's amphitheatre, will be about 18 metres high and 45 metres wide and should reduce noise by 10 decibels. Site research will begin around the end of the month.

Property services manager Kong King-wah, of the Architectural Services Department, presented the design at a meeting of Tuen Mun District Council's leisure and culture committee.

The amphitheatre will be closed from August to February next year and construction of the $3 million project will begin in July, with work expected to be completed in April.

'The noise that now troubles residents nearby will be toned down by 10 decibels, which is a quite significant noise reduction,' Mr Kong said.

'We understand that most singing groups gather around the amphitheatre and perform there, so we believe the barrier will be able to contain the noise inside the park rather than disturbing residents nearby.'

He added that checks would be conducted on the effectiveness of the barrier and its height could be adjusted if necessary.

Tuen Mun district councillor Josephine Chan Shu-ying, who heads a working group to tackle the noise problem, said a review of the project would be vital because various residential buildings were exposed to different levels of noise from park musicians.

'The barrier might be able to help protect some residents from noise, but some might still be disturbed because of the different location and height of buildings there,' she said.

'It is important for the department to make changes regarding the height of the noise barrier in order to help all residents there. We hope this plan will solve the problem and no more chaos will happen.'

The plan to build a noise barrier came as the government defended leisure officers' handling of a noise complaint in the park on Sunday. During scuffles among the crowd an elderly onlooker fell and died.

The 72-year-old man tripped on tree roots during the clash between Leisure and Cultural Services Department officers, who were investigating a noise complaint, and a crowd of about 100.

Police arrested a 44-year-old man at Tuen Mun Park shortly after midnight yesterday. The man appeared to be drunk and a park worker identified him to the police as being involved in the chaos on Sunday.

Meanwhile, six musical organisations yesterday drew lots for the use of two self-entertainment zones that will operate in the park on May 27.

Ms Chan said 20 to 30 chairs and some tents would be placed in each designated area, which could cater for about 100 people.

'Some fences will be placed to circle the self-entertainment zones and more guards might be deployed to maintain order if necessary,' she said.