Sunday, August 30, 2015

The continued festering wound of noise during the ASK Show...

Since I wrote about this a couple of  days ago to  the NEMA County Director, Mr. Stephen Wambua, nothing has changed regarding the decibels at which music is played all night at this Showground.

Even as I write this, there is the boom, boom sound coming from there.

It would seem that many people who live in Nyali but are not at the receiving end of this racket, cannot understand why I  keep picking on the various authorities for not containing this noise.

While this ASK Show has been taking place at its present location since decades, the noise level has increased since the 1990s.

Unfortunately, our town planners have deemed it fit to also allow residential buildings to sprout all around this show ground.

In other towns and cities in the country, this is not always the case, e.g., Nairobi. There are very few residences close to the Showground, there. So, why is it that in Mombasa it has been allowed to the detriment of  the residents.

There seems to be no kind of  compromise by the Show convenors to allow for this state of affairs and one has to live within the environs of this ground to appreciate what I  am talking about.

Despite there being noise  pollution laws in place, they are not  applied here. Why?

So many of us work, have or are sick or have small children. Can these authorities tell us how we should deal with these, please?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Noise from the ASK Showground

It is now past 1.00 am in the morning (midnight), and most of us who live within hearing distance (and this distance can be measured not in metres, but in kilometres), of this contentious showground cannot get any sleep thanks to the continuous boom, boom kind of racket that is coming from there since this morning.

In the daytime it is not so obvious, but still  disturbing as it goes on and on.....

Now, it's night and it is terrible. Can the various officialdom in-charge of noise pollution PLEASE do their work and get these people to stop henceforth or get out of town with their yearly, nearly a week long racket?!

And if 'officialdom' thinks that they can assign a bedtime for the showgrounds near and far neighbours of 11.00 pm, like they do with other noisy events like weddings, etc., they had better NOT have this noise AT ALL HOURS! We want to live with as little noise as possible in our houses, please.

We are very fed up!!!!

Raziya (member of NCRRA on the environment committee)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Kenya power acting up, again!

I haven't written in quite a while regarding the questionable 'services' of our monopolistic power company, but, it's 'activities' of the past nearly two weeks compels me to do so.

Since, that Tuesday evening when some problem in Kipevu plunged most of Mombasa Island and the North Coast into darkness at least three times within minutes of each other, Kipevu has been the reason for all the subsequent outages we have been having, since.

At least, this is what Kenya Power tells us when asked.

Now, the other reason we have to wait for over an hour or more for power to be restored of late is that there is NOBODY out at Kipevu (it seems), who can fix the problem and a team has to get there from town and hence, the long waiting period.

Considering that Kipevu can only be accessed via two routes - via our perpetually traffic jammed Makupa Causeway and the other through KPA, which is equally jammed most times (I think), this accounts for the long time frame before we rejoin the 21st Century!

My question to Kenya Power is - why don't they station a team in Kipevu so that the waiting problem can be reduced? Also, what is it about Kipevu that it is the source of such outages, in the first place?

We, in Nyali, have been experiencing almost DAILY outages since that 'dark' Tuesday. Why?

Of course, there are other issues, too, but, I will write about those in due course, Insha'Allah.

Awaiting a response.