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Broken promises, bad roads, littering
and no land titles were among the
many concerns of a large group of res-
idents who attended the Tobago House
of Assembly s latest round of "Face to
Face" public meetings.
Held at the Mason Hall Community Cen-
ter last Tuesday, the meeting began with
PowerPoint presentations by both the office
of the area representative Sheldon Cun-
ningham and the Chief Secretary Orville
London, boasting of the many success in
But while some attendees were openly
impressed by the presentations and com-
mended the Chief Secretary and various
other Secretaries who were at the meeting,
these were outnumbered by others who
had many complaints. One of these came
from Limon Orr, of Old Road, who said he
has had a problem with soil erosion for
years but has not been able to get anyone
to address it.
"I have been trying to get help with this
problem for the last five years. I have spoken
to several secretaries, the property was vis-
ited by Mr. Sandy, then again by Mr. Adams,
who promised baskets after engineers vis-
ited. Right now my house is in danger, even
Gary Melville too promised to send a gang
and still no help."
A similar concern was raised by Byron
Aisles, of Top Hill Road.
"There is a road being constructed for
a number of years. Now work has stopped
for some time -- I spoke to Mr. Cunning-
ham, he said he spoke to the Secretary
about it and nothing.
What is real painful is that a young man
had his car stolen, all his tools for work
that were in the car gone, if that the road
was paved he wouldn t have to leave it
down where it was parked. Even my wife s
car and another lady s car was also broken
into -- just fix the road."
Secretary with responsibility for Infra-
structure and Public Utilities, Gary Melville,
appealed to the residents to be patient.
"We cannot fix everything at the same
time, because just as your area represen-
tative has been asking me to address several
issues, other secretaries have been asking
me to do the same for their districts as
well," Melville said.
"The division did a lot of work in the
last three years and while there are other
challenges that are on the list, we at the
division are challenged with the shortage
of resources in terms of labour and mate-
He said that he had taken note of the
various concerns and some of the problems
will be addressed in the short term while
others will be addressed in the shortest
Derrick Brathwaite, of Adelphi Road, was
one of the residents who reprimanded Lon-
don for the delay in following through on
one of his promises he made to the com-
"Respectfully Mr. Chief Secretary, kindly
we are asking that you do as promised and
recognise our sporting heroine, Elizabeth
Dennis-Baird. She deserves recognition of
having her name being imprinted on the
pavilion in the area."
London, who has announced he will retire
at the end of his current term, promised
to have the task completed before leaving
Meanwhile, Maudica Gift-Sandy, a senior
citizen, created a stir with her direct appeal
to the Chief Secretary.
"My heart is hurting me right now. I ve
made several attempts to deal with enti-
tlement of land at Adelphi," she said.
"My father died in 1983 and I m the only
surviving relative. Others came on the land
after me and they got deeds and I have
been there and I am still waiting. I met
with you on several occasions, but I don t
know how long the Lord will keep me alive
before it s done. I have six children and
grandchildren and I would like to assist
them with helping to get their families set-
The Chief Secretary asked Gift-Sandy
to meet with him on his public day, where
he would make contact with the relevant
authorities to identify the reason for the
The "Face to Face" meetings featured a
total of 13 meetings in Tobago s 12 electoral
districts, including two in the L Anse Four-
mi/Speyside/Charlotteville district. Assem-
blymen representing each electoral district
used the forum to give an account of their
stewardship since being elected and present
their plans for the rest of 2016, and field
questions from constituents. The last two
meetings will be held in L Anse
Fourmi/Speyside/Charlotteville on August
23 (L Anse Community Centre) and
Canaan/Bon Accord on August 25 (Bon
Accord Community Centre).
Chief Secretary Orville London
addresses the meeting.
Maudica Gift-Sandy makes her appeal.
Limon Orr talks about soil erosion in his community.
A cross section of the crowd at the Face to Face meeting at Mason Hall
The Power Point presentation before the start of the meeting.
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