Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 13th 2016 Contents and thing. They installed lights but
they not working."
He was referring to the Cocoyea
Recreation Ground which was officially
opened in August last year.
While the grass on the field was neat-
ly cut, the outskirts of it were overgrown
Gray added there were "some road
problems" on Park Street East. The
group of men said they will be voting
for the election.
Asked why they will vote, one man
said jokingly, "Because we voting racial."
He did not give his name but said
voting based on race "was a fact."
"That is what the country doing.
We will support them because this is
one of the PNM stronghold. (Patrick)
Manning originally from this street so
this is the original foundation for the
Another man in the group said even
if they did not vote, the PNM would
Men on de Coffee upset
Liming on the pavement close to
Lower Hillside, "On de Coffee," a group
of men started to vent but only Darryl
Vincent was brave enough to give his
name and express his feelings.
Vincent said, "The only person I see
come around and did something for
this community here was under the
UNC government and you see right
now, the present Government is holding
back on plenty resources to the youths
in this community. They are not coming
out at all to put programmes in this
He said he had not seen much of the
councillor and it seemed they were
. He was upset. His voice
He said, "They want to come in your
mailbox and put a little card. There is
a woman going up right now under the
PNM and she is doing the same thing.
We ain't see this person you know, but
they dropping mails and pamphlets."
Gray's hope was that councillors
become more active and deal with the
people on the ground. He said they
needed to be more active.
Seated outside the Blind Welfare
Association, the man pointed to the
pavements and sidewalks.
"There is no amber lights. It have
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blind people crossing. Look at that
walkway coming down there, it is
lower than the road level and blind
people does be dropping there and
He said in front of the building
would flood whenever it rained.
Gray said "ageable" people
would normally lime in that area
and thanked former mayor Kazim
Hosein for donating material to
construct a mini-like pavilion "to
Asked if he would vote, Gray
went on to criticise deputy mayor
Junia Regrello, whom he said would
"pass up and down" but never
asked what were their issues.
"Could anybody around here
with their right sense put him? I
for sure eh voting for none of them.
I rather the Opposition come and
try something. I rather try some-
thing like how America do it," Gray
He added that he had lost con-
fidence in the current adminstra-
He said, "People in Trinidad
need to get off their butts and
understand what is going on with
this present regime because is like
One man who said the Govern-
ment had done nothing for him
said he did not care again.
He said he was not supporting
any party and would continue to
ensure that he took care of himself
and his family.
"It don't make a difference who
cerned. The Government don't
help me. I don't even care about
a councillor. If you ask me who it
is I don't even know a name. I
He said he hoped that one day
poor people could walk the road
with a smile on their face and that
right now, "If you walk the road,
you will see people faces with frus-
tration, agony and disgust."
Fishermen want better
Meanwhile, down by the fish
market on King's Wharf, a 32-
year-old fisherman said he was
still awaiting a new abattoir which
was promised during the election
campaign. Frustrated, the young
man said, "It just not making sense
to vote. We need somebody to
form a new party. Government in
government out, it is the same
thing. I am not pleased."
He did not state his name. The
man said people living on the line
were promised electricity but were
His councillor was unknown to
him and he had not yet seen the
"I am not casting my vote
because it is only promises that
are not being fulfilled. The only
time they come around is election
time to make more promises. They
will do something at that point
only to get some votes."
Close by, fisherman Courtney
Cummings was cleaning a table of
fresh fish. His friends --- Mr Hicks,
Justin Thorpe and Corey
Edmond---praised Hosein as mayor
but said they still wanted to see
more. The men took a while to
distinguish between the Local Gov-
ernment elections and the general
elections. They began a discussion
on their MP Faris Al-Rawi and
then soon realised it was their local
councillor they should be talking
They wanted a new market and
for the surroundings to be cleaned
on a regular basis.
Mr Hicks said, "It is a sure vote
for the PNM but why they does
wait until last minute? I cannot
understand that and the majority
of the councillors do that. Why
wait until election time then to
make an appearance?"
Meanwhile, Edmond said he
would vote for the PNM. "We have
to vote back the PNM."
However, the men agreed, "They
are not studying the people on the
Mr Hicks said, "The corporation
is PNM so we have to give them
a little play again."
Anger over failure of councillors
Fishermen Courtney Cummings, left, Corey Edmond, Mr Hicks and Justin Thorpe on King's Wharf.
"It is a sure vote for the PNM but
why they does wait until last
minute? I cannot understand that
and the majority of the councillors
do that. Why wait until election
time then to make an appearance?"
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