By Andria Kades
The interior ministry is expected to submit a bill in May capping the music volume of clubs and bars, it said in a statement on Monday.
This comes after Nicosia municipality asked police to intervene, even by confiscating speakers, as residents have been complaining for the past two years over loud music in the old town.
DISY MP Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis is due to present the bill to parliament on May 10 after collaborating with several government departments from the interior, public order and agriculture ministries. It is expected to be finalised in a few days. The Cabinet will then approve it.
Specifically, the planning department has prepared maps, outlining categories where clubs could operate: mild, average and disturbing sound levels, as well as tourist areas where permission would be granted on a case by case basis. The department is expected to receive approval within the next 15 days.
“Businesses that repeatedly cause problems and do not present any positive compromise should face zero tolerance and not be exempt from having their sound speaker system confiscated,” Nicosia municipality secretary Marinos Mousiouttas said in a letter to police.
Residents are unhappy with the disruptive music that plays during the early hours of the morning from clubs in the old town – which have increased over the past few years – some of which are violating rules over speaker use.
“It is unthinkable that businesses can cause disruptive noise levels without even having permission to use their speakers,” Mousiouttas said.
Taking such cases through the courts means it can take over two years to deal with, leaving residents unsatisfied with the municipal council and limiting their ability to solve the problem, Mousiouttas added. The complaints were specific to particular premises. However some had taken important steps to improve the situation, he said.
He reportedly sent a similar letter to Paphos Gate police station after a resident complained on March 2, but has not received a response. Several people from the area have also spoken to the same police station to no avail and so the municipality is now waiting for authorities to inform them on the course of action they are planning to take.