Step 1: Don’t make your phone number easily discoverable making it hard for people to contact you.
Step 2: Don’t rush into battle.
Step 3: Take ages to measure the noise.
Step 4: Don’t bother to learn how to measure noise properly.
Step 5: Get the court to agree that the noisemaker should go to another community.
Step 6: Relent when other communities do not want the noisemaker.
Step 7: Get the noisemaker to promise he will behave and obey the permissible noise limits of no more than 48 decibels during the night and 55 decibels during the day.
Step 8: Send the noisemaker back to the people who made the original complaint, with the agreement of the court of course and for the noisemaker to behave.
Step 9: Feel insulted when the original complainants express their absolute disappointment, stress and amazement at the 2015 war strategy to date.
Step10: Don’t rush to help when the complainants report the noise to be back to the levels prior to the declaration of war i.e. peaking at well over 80 decibels.
Step 11: Declare to the complainants that an instruction has been given for the noisemaker not to come back.
Step 12: Declare to the complainants that noisemaker will be phoned then tell them the noisemaker doesn’t answer the phone.
Step 13: Declare to the complainants there will be a visit to the noisemaker during the early morning of 17 July 2015.
Step 14: Declare to the complainants that two chiefs are behind the noisemaking in support of the noisemaker during the visit of 17 July 2015.
Step 15: Declare to the complainants that a meeting with the chiefs will take place.
Step 16: Declare to the complainants that there will be ongoing measurement of the noise.
Step 17: Allow blasting and illegal noise levels to keep hammering at residents even during the visit of 17 July 2015.
Step 18: VICTORY AT LONG LAST………. FOR THE NOISEMAKER.
Step 19: DEFEAT FOR THE RESIDENTS.
Step 20: LET THE NOISE CONTINUE.
Step 21: WHO CARES ABOUT THE HARM TO HUMAN HEALTH WHEN THERE IS NOISEMAKING TO BE HAD?
Step 22: WHO CARES ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, THE LAW, THE EPA OR THE KMA REGULATIONS?
Step 23: DECLARE ANOTHER WAR ON NOISE AND HOPE EVERYONE FORGETS ABOUT THE CONTINUOUS STRING OF PREVIOUS DEFEATS.
Step 24: THINK BACK ON PAST GLORY DAYS WHEN WAR AFTER WAR AFTER WAR AFTER WAR ON NOISE WAS ANNOUNCED……….The following is but one.
KMA declares war on noise making
Kumasi, Jan 18, 2012 GNA – The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has vowed to tackle head-on the growing noise nuisance that was fast becoming a major source of worry to many in the Metropolis. It said the Assembly would do everything to ensure that noise levels were kept within permissible limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
AND……. the complainants ponder their fate:
“NOISE CAN KILL” – The World Health Organization and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
NOISE POLLUTION: “A SILENT KILLER” – The Ghana Environmental Protection Agency.
“NOISE CAN POSE A SERIOUS THREAT TO A CHILD’S PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH, INCLUDING LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR” – United States Environmental Protection Agency.
“Loud, abrupt sounds can harm the eardrum, while sustained sounds at lower volume can damage the middle ear; both types of sounds can cause psychological damage. Noise disrupts sleep and communication, and numerous studies have documented the heart-related, respiratory, neurological, and other physiological effects of noise. Stress, high blood pressure, anger and frustration, lower resistance to disease and infection, circulatory problems, ulcers, asthma, colitis, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other physiological and psychological problems have been linked directly to noise. In addition, children have been shown to suffer from slower language development and disruption of learning as a result of noise”.
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