Blantyre City Council (BCC) has with immediate effect banned holding of wedding, engagement and bridal shower ceremonies in residential areas in an effort to curb noise pollution.
“[The 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,” the statement reads in part.
“It is further deplorable that this is happening without getting development permission to change use of the said premises from residential to commercial.”
However, the statement fell short to condemn churches that also pollute the residential areas with gospel music extravaganza and loud overnight prayers.
But the Council warned the public that it will take action against those providing venues to public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements and bridal showers 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,” the statement reads in part.
Apart from prosecution, the Council further says that if any person fails to comply with this ban, BCC will confiscate instruments being used to cause the noise.