Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 9th 2016 Contents Last week, Robinson-Regis said a report commis-
sioned by the CDA came before Cabinet.
"As a consequence of the contents of that report
we (CDA) are moving to seek further legal advice and
to bring it again before the Cabinet for a decision to
be taken on a way forward."
How does Robinson-Regis envisage this issue to
pan out? She said one issue the CDA had a concern
about was to ensure that none of the projects infringed
on the beach access or the rights of the people.
"We will ensure that any land that is leased is done
properly." In going forward, Robinson-Regis said CDA
would do the right thing.
Habib, whose lease was deemed illegal by the CDA,
yesterday admitted that with his business not being
in operation he had potential profits in phase one of
his project, projected at $690,000 monthly.
"By the CDA withholding our documents, not only
do we have an expense every month that we have to
maintain over a year, we have also lost profits."
He also disclosed that no one from the CDA or the
committee had spoken to him.
"As a businessman the last thing you want to do
is go to court. We are willing to talk to whoever to
sort things out." he said
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Delay in delivery of houses but
Mitchell says he has
Housing Minister Randall
Mitchell says that while
there has been a delay in
the distribution of sub-
sidised houses by the Gov-
ernment, he has performed
well in the last six months.
Mitchell made his assess-
ment on his performance as
the Government celebrated
its first year in office on
In rating his performance,
Mitchell said this was his first time he had served
"I think I have done pretty well in the circum-
stances with respect to the distribution of homes.
We have done well. We have 1,400 homes to be
distributed before the end of 2016. I think we are
half way there."
One setback the HDC has faced with distribution
of homes, Mitchell said was as a result of vandalism
to several units in the last two years.
In going forward, Mitchell said the HDC would
ramp up its housing drive. He was speaking following
the sod-turning ceremony of the Bon Air South
housing development, where 60 three-bedroom
townhouses will be built by the Housing Develop-
ment Corporation (HDC) at a cost of $48 million.
The cost of each unit was tagged at $550,000.
Work is expected to begin soon on the project,
which has a completion date of six months.
Delivering the feature address at the ceremony,
Mitchell admitted that there were over 170,000
applications for government housing, stating that
with each passing day the housing demand was
outweighing its supply.
"Notwithstanding this desire, there is also the
reality that a real housing shortage exists throughout
the country, particularly in urban areas along the
East-West Corridor. While there continues to be
an expectation that we will fulfill the housing needs
of everyone on our database, we simply do not
have the financial resources to do so at this time,"
In March, Mitchell replaced Port-of-Spain South
MP Marlene McDonald who was sacked as housing
minister by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
The Chaguaramas Develop-
ment Authority (CDA) is seek-
ing further legal advice on the
22 "illegal" leases issued under
the then People s Partnership
This was confirmed by Plan-
ning and Development Minister
Camille Robinson-Regis on
Wednesday during a Housing
Development Corporation sod-
turning ceremony at Bon Air
Her comments came days
after Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley gave the assurance that
he was not reneging on his posi-
tion on so-called approvals given
by the previous CDA board
which were inconsistent with
the development plan approved
by Parliament and whose leases
are considered illegal on the basis
of senior counsel advice provided
to the current board.
Rowley made the statement
based on a report submitted by
former CDA chairman Anthony
Pierre that all leases entered into
during the period 2014 to 2015
be "deemed illegal and null and
Pierre resigned on August 27,
after the board said he acted
without proper approval in issu-
ing letters of comfort to Fouraime
Enterprises Ltd (FEL) and Star-
burst Parks Ltd.
Fouraime chairman John
Aboud who sunk close to $100
million in developing a water
park in Chaguaramas said he had
no intention of abandoning the
project and viewed his 30-year-
lease legal. Another businessman,
Raymond Habib, who is setting
up a safari park, also said he was
not going to give up one square
inch of land leased to him.
Stating that any lease given
out must be approved by Cab-
inet, Robinson-Regis said "as far
as we understand it and as far
as we have seen none of the leas-
es have been approved by Cab-
inet. In law, the Chaguaramas
Development Act indicates that
is the procedure for approving
Robinson-Regis said certain
things have since taken place
and "we would have to move
forward from there."
She said that a Cabinet sub-
committee headed by Finance
Minister Colm Imbert, including
Minister in the Office of the
Prime Minister Stuart Young and
herself was established.
"We have been meeting with
the lease holders, in particular
Stalemate over CDA tenants
Govt seeks further legal advice on leases
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