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President of the Downtown Owners and Merchants
Association (DOMA) Gregory Aboud is urging Port-
of-Spain mayor Keron Valentine to put the brake on
wrecking in west Port-of-Spain, which went into
effect on Tuesday.
"We were very disappointed to see that wrecking
was re-introduced in west Port-of-Spain. The activities
of the wrecker border on atrocious with respect to the
infringement of the rights of citizens. The reality is,
that given the harsh economic situation facing T&T,
we do not think that Woodbrook will be able to deal
with the onslaught that is coming."
Aboud said he was convinced that the initiative will
result in job losses, a decline in business sales and neg-
atively affect the economy.
"We are also convinced that those jobs will not be
created anywhere else."
Aboud appealed to the Government to get involved
in a national parking policy.
"There cannot be any survival of any town or city
without an adequate parking policy. How could down-
town preserve jobs when they cannot compete with
West Mall and parking? This scheme in downtown
Port-of-Spain is intended to punish and loot from the
public because what they did was...they intensify the
parking restrictions, did not put up parking signs and
then brought the wreckers. If you are going to bring
the wreckers you should at least give the people some
options to park and then bring the wrecker."
A fee of $500 is charged to have an impounded
The corporation ceased wrecking in the western part
of the city, inclusive of areas such as popular Tragarete
Road and Ariapita Avenue, in 2013.
Aboud said mourners who show up at St Patrick s
or St Theresa s Church in their vehicles to bid farewell
to a loved one would also be targeted.
He said while there may be some people infringing
on the rights of some homeowners in Woodbrook by
parking in front of their gates "for every one case of
a vehicle parked in front of a driveway, there were
more than 100 cases of vehicles being towed away in
places where they were no parking signs. The infringe-
ments against the homeowners in west Port-of-Spain
is a fraction of the infringement against the public by
West Port-of-Spain comprises the boundaries of
Richmond Street in the east, Queen s Park Savannah
in the north, Wrightson Road in the south and Mucurapo
Road in the west at the corner of Carlton Avenue and
Jeffers Lane, St James.
Aboud is hoping that good sense prevails.
"I hope the corporation would resist the temptation
and put a hold on the wrecking," he added.
In downtown, Aboud said, businesses were being
choked to death by wreckers.
He said even though wrecking continued in the city,
it has not improved the traffic.
"It s a fallacy intended to fool the public about law
Unable to say how many businesses are likely to feel
the pinch from this new wrecking exercise, Aboud said
he knew for a fact that "within the boundary of Char-
lotte Street to Edward Street, in the east and west, and
between Independence Square north and Park Street
approximately 980 jobs have been lost in downtown
Port-of Spain because of the wrecker.
"It s a merciful exercise. It is predicated on cash
only. The authorities in charge are free to be destructive
as they want and mimic the public with this story
about law and order."
The job losts occurred between 18 to 24 months.
The survey of those who were thrown on the breadline
ended last August, Aboud said.
Aboud refused to say what would be DOMA s next
course of action if the corporation continues with the
wrecking. Manager in training at Domino s Pizza on
Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Sade Rami-Williams
said the wrecking would hamper their sales.
Valentine did not respond to calls on his cellphone.
Members of the SACO Junior Ensemble in Class JR-E8 junior Instrumental Ensemble go through their
winning performance to capture the Simon's Musical Supplies Trophy at the 31st, Music Festival, Naparima
Bowl, San Fernando, on Tuesday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
DOMA: Wrecking in west
PoS will cause job loss
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