Blantyre City Council has noted with great concern 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 is further deplorable that this is happening without getting development permission to change use of the said premises from residential to commercial.
The Council, therefore, hereby notifies members of the general public and Blantyre residents in particular, that holding of weddings, engagements and bridal showers and other public ceremonies in residential areas is prohibited.
The Council has the legal mandate to take action against those providing venues to such events which may include prosecution.
Blantyre City Council is reminding all residents that the City belongs to all of us and therefore it is important to maintain peace and avoid disturbing others. A lot of residents have complained against the increased noise pollution in our City and it is the mandate of the Council to ensure that all the residents live in a peaceful and orderly manner.
The Council is, therefore, hereby banning holding of public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements, bridal showers and other public functions of a similar nature in residential areas with immediate effect.
And further take notice that if any person fails to comply with this notice —
- the Council may confiscate from him the instruments being used to cause the said noise nuisance and, where the Council does so, it may recover as a civil debt, in any court of competent jurisdiction, from that person or persons , the expenses necessarily incurred by the Council in enforcing this Notice.
- he may be prosecuted by the Council.
DR ALFRED W.D. CHANZA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER