Garden owners in the commercial city of Blantyre on Friday obtained an injunction stopping the City Council’s decision to outlaw holding of events in residential areas.
The city recently banned holding of wedding, engagement and bridal shower ceremonies in residential areas.
The High Court in Blantyre has since allowed judicial review on the matter, granting a sigh of relief to garden owners who petitioned Blantyre City Council on 4 May 2015.
Blantyre City Council in April banned holding of ceremonies in residential areas to curb noise pollution following complaints from some residents of various townships about noise that comes from bridal showers, birthday parties, kitchen top-ups and wedding ceremonies that are held within residential areas.
However, garden owners wrote the Council raising concerns about the abruptness of the order before they sought the court’s intervetion.
The Council said was concerned by the increase in the number of houses being turned into arenas for public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements and bridal showers in residential areas contrary of zoning of the same as residential areas under the Urban Structure Plan of the City of Blantyre.
It then threatened those to prosecute and confiscate instruments being used to cause the said noise nuisance from those defying the ban.
But critics argue that the city authorities are likely to lose the battle on noise pollution as the by-laws do not specify sound level limits for various areas considering that the city council does not have equipment to measure sound levels.