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The Diego Martin Regional Corporation has
taken its challenge over the proposed relocation
of two private schools to Maraval to the Court of
On Monday, the corporation s lawyers filed an
appeal of last week s judgment from High Court
Judge Devindra Rampersad, who ruled that the cor-
poration acted unfairly when it rejected the Arbor
and Rosewood Schools application for their building
at Long Circular Road in Maraval to be opened.
Rampersad was due to rule on whether he will
discharge the corporation s injunction against the
school on Tuesday, however, the hearing was
adjourned to today.
The removal of the injunction will allow the
school s management EDFAM to immediately open
the school which has remained closed since the cor-
poration began its legal challenge two days before
the start of the school term in September last year.
A date for the hearing of the appeal is yet to be
set.In rejecting approval on the adequacy of the build-
ing located at Long Circular Road in Maraval, the
corporation referred to the concerns raised by res-
idents of the area and the Director of Highways over
a potential increase in traffic in the area as a result
of the school s relocation.
Rampersad rejected this contention as he said the
approval of the school s traffic plan was not a require-
ment for the corporation to grant approval under
Section 170 (1) of the Municipal Corporation Act.
appeals court ruling
Arbor/Rosewood schools dispute...
A crew from the maintenance department of TSTT cordon off Retrench Road,
San Fernando after a telephone pole was pulled down and had to be repaired
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
ABOUT THE SCHOOLS
The schools, founded in 2008 and 2010, require
parents to make an $8,000 contribution to a capital fund,
in addition to over $15,000 in annual school fees.
Arbor is a kindergarten and Rosewood a primary and
secondary school for girls. The joint student population is
estimated at 220, in addition to 30 teachers. EDFAM, the
non-profit organisation which runs the two schools, also
runs Trimont College, a primary and secondary school for
boys in Glencoe.
After announcing their relocation from St Clair to the
proposed property in August last year, the school began
receiving opposition from a group of residents from
neighbouring communities who banded together to raise
concerns about the impact on the already dire traffic
situation in the area during peak hours.
The group, the Lower Maraval Residents Association,
also claimed that the school lacked necessary approval
from the corporation, the Town and Country Planning
Division and the Ministry of Education. The school has
since received all necessary approvals except from the
corporation. After Rampersad granted the injunction to
the corporation, EDFAM filed a judicial review of its
decision to oppose granting approval, which was
determined in the school's favour on Thursday.
The group recently filed its own judicial review
challenging the decision of Minister of Planning Bhoe
Tewarie to grant planning permission to the school even
though it sought to open while their application before
Tewarie's ministry was still pending.
An attorney is questioning why his two clients
were denied an opportunity to appear before a Point
Fortin magistrate yesterday but instead were taken
to be filmed for an episode of a police reality television
In an interview yesterday, attorney Shaun Teekasingh
said his clients---Lawrence Ganga, 30 and Quwesi
Joseph, 19---were jointly charged on Tuesday with
three other men for possession of compressed marijuana
for the purpose of trafficking.
According to reports, Ganga and Joseph, both of
Pleasantville, along with Leon Cowel, also of Pleas-
antville, Sesa Guerra, a Venezuelan, and another
Venezuelan, who was not named, were spotted by
officers of the Santa Flora Police Station around 2 am
driving along Coromandel Village, Cedros.
Police claimed they stopped the car in which the
men were travelling and during a search found the
The five were arrested and taken to the Santa Flora
Police Station where they were kept in holding until
yesterday. They were charged by acting Sgt Deosaran.
However, Teekasingh said they were denied their
right to respond to the charges laid against them in
He added: "Around 8 am (yesterday) I spoke to an
officer of the Santa Flora Police who told me my clients
were already being prepped to leave the station and
would be in court in Point for 9 am.
"However, they were only brought to court at 2 pm.
When I spoke to them briefly they said they were
taken to be filmed for the Beyond the Tape programme.
I only spoke to my client briefly and that is all he was
able to tell me at the time."
Teekasingh said that prevented his clients from
Two Venezuelans were among five
people arrested in an anti-crime oper-
ation in Cedros on Tuesday with
approximately $2 million worth of
According to reports, Santa Flora
CID s Sgt Deosaran, together with PCs
Singh and Boodoo, were tipped off that
a silver Mazda Famalia had just left a
beach along the southwestern peninsular
with the drugs.
While driving along the Southern
Main Road, Coromandel Village, around
2 am, they spotted the car heading
towards Point Fortin.
The officers cornered the car and on
searching the trunk, they found a white
crocus bag with 50 packets of marijuana,
with a total weight of 28 kilogrammes.
The foreigners---ages 39 and 34---
along with two Williamsville men---ages
29 and 38---and a 19-year-old St Augus-
tine man were arrested and taken to
the Point Fortin Police Station. (KF)
Five held with ganja worth $2m
"By the time they were brought to court, there was
no magistrate to hear their case. They were taken
before a clerk of the peace, who refused bail telling
them the magistrate will have to decide on that tomor-
row (today)." He said his clients human rights had
"It was the onus of the police having arrested my
clients and taken away their liberty and freedom to
bring them to court at the earliest possible opportunity.
"Instead they were taken at the whim and fancy of
Inspector Alexander and their rights were taken away
for the benefits of the ratings of a show," he said.
Teekasingh said he would await instructions from
his clients on whether action should be taken against
the police for the violation of their rights.
The men are due to reappear in court again today.
Lawyer: Why no appearance by clients?
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