Jamaican Court orders Downsound studios closed

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down judgment on the Downsound recording studio operating at 43 St. Andrew Park, a property zoned for residential use.

The judgment states that the operators of the studio must cease and vacate all studio activities and return the premises to its original residential status by midday, September 16, 2014.

A release from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation stated that since 1998, residents have been persistently complaining about the discomfort which they were forced to endure arising from these operations.

“Enforcement action initiated by the KSAC in 2002 included site inspections, warning letters the last being served in 2010 and investigations at the location by National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Despite the numerous interventions and attempts by the residents to resolve the issues with the operators, the work at the studio with the attendant nuisances experienced by the residents continued unabated,” the release stated.

Following Stop and Enforcement Notices served on the principals of the company in September 2013, KSAC’s Attorney pursued the matter in the Supreme Court.

Hearings were attended by representatives for all parties including the community residents

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