ONCE again the residents of Parsons Hill, Kensington, Sydenham and surrounding areas are appealing to The Herald to publish this letter to highlight the utter abuse we are subjected to at the hands of NMB Stadium management.
On Thursday evening, all the way to 11.45pm, we were all subjected once again to the shrieking and thumping of noise and music coming from the stadium. On inquiry, we discovered the stadium was hosting – probably at the ratepayers' expense – an extravaganza for metro engineers.
The noise levels were far beyond what is acceptable in an urban metropolitan area – but it appears that stadium management will do as it please with no regard for anyone else. So for hours thousands of residents are held at sleepless ransom while a couple of hundred people drink, dance and party away until the late hours of the evening.
No amount of pleading and talking has helped stadium management realise that this behaviour is not acceptable. I can only imagine their reaction if we had to have a party on their front verge all hours of the night.
I am 100% sure we would be locked up and taken to court for disturbing the peace. But when the shoe is on the other foot that does not seem to happen.
I phoned 10111, and was told the police had received complaints and that a vehicle had been dispatched, but obviously the stadium powers that be are above the law and do not think that they need to listen to our boys in blue.
Our children are writing matric and are now expected to perform after not being able to sleep? Does this even matter to stadium management?
How do mothers cope with babies who are not able to sleep? This is a recipe for disaster, yet management could not care less.
Who can offer a solution to this, as stadium management is unwilling even to enter into negotiations? They just tell us to accept it and shut up, it is their right to play their music as loud as they want to.
Collett Schmidt, Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth