- Two churches have been fined a total of GHC40,000 for creating excessive noise
- This was after two residents at Haatso, a suburb of Accra, reported the matter
- The churches have also been cautioned to work below the recommended noise level
The Haatso branches of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and the Cross Road Community Church Ministries (CRCCM) are to pay a total of GHC40,000 for making excessive noise.
According to a report by Graphiconline.com, an Accra High Court determined this after two residents, Patricia Bannerman and Dr Elizabeth Masopeh, complained of excessive noisemaking and nuisance.
Justice Novisi Afua Aryene, presiding over the case, stated that the two churches breached building regulations by using a property situated in a residential area for worship without authorization and that their noise level was excessive and violated the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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“The EPA found that the noise level had a minimum of 76 decible dB( A) and a maximum reading of 86 dB (A). The EPA daytime permissible noise level for residential areas is 55 dB (A).
On the evidence, I rule that the noise was clearly above the permissible noise level for a residential area where the church was sited,” Justice Aryene held.
Apart from the damages awarded against the defendants, the court ordered the ICGC and the CRCCM to comply with the EPA’s permissible noise level.
It also ordered the two churches to comply with Regulation 25 of the EPA Environmental Assessment Regulation 1999, LI 1652.
YEN.com.gh understands that the two churches also failed to produce permits from the EPA, which showed that they had complied with the conditions of the permit.
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