A magistrate has granted a dancehall licence to a restaurant and bar owner with several restrictions, following several complaints from nearby residents.
Ranch Bar B Que & Grill in Phillipine was told not to use or set off fireworks as part of the terms and conditions imposed by Magistrate Alicia Chankar as she approved the license to Dr Stephen Ramroop.
Ramroop once served as the chief executive officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management.
Several residents complained about the noise level from the venue, parking issues, and people urinating on walls and throwing garbage onto their premises.
After mediation earlier this year with all parties failed, the matter went to trial.
Attorney Cleyon Seedan prosecuted the matter while the defence attorneys were Varun Gopaul-Gosine and Kezia Felix. The District Court Judge at the San Fernando Magistrate's Court ordered that events at the venue are to be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays to end at 10 pm and no event is to be held on a religious holiday. She also ordered that the five residents who were part of the legal matter be given written notice seven days before an event is held.
The District Court Judge also said all karaoke events are to be held in a soundproofed enclosed area and at no time is to be held on the open-air deck. She further ordered that the proposed licensee is to have clear, legible signs displayed prominently related to garbage disposal, parking, loitering and urinating. She also ordered that a privacy wall be erected forthwith or at least some form of opaque fencing so as not to impose on residents' peaceful enjoyment of space.