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The court has found a
San Fernando business-
man guilty of litter-
ing on State land
and has fined him
$2,000 or in de-
fault he will serve
four months in
Granville Ford has
been given 28 days
in which to clear
out and clean up the
property to the satisfaction
of the Public Health Department of
the San Fernando City Corporation
or face further charges.
San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello
said this victory paves the way for the
Public Health Department to further
execute legal action on individuals
engaging or with the intent to en-
gage in such practices that would
endanger the health and safety
Regrello also congratulated
a former Litter Prevention
Warden Dane Manick-
chand and Public Health
Inspector Jameel Mo-
hammed for their ded-
ication which resulted
in the landmark court ruling
He said too many people are
breaching the laws, operating
private businesses in non-com-
San Fernando magistrate
Kerry Ann Byer handed down
the ruling against Ford, the owner of
Sleepy Ford Scrap Metal last Friday.
Ford was charged with illegally
and indiscriminately dumping scrap
metal, bottles and derelict vehicles
in three lots of State land at Macoon
Street Extension, Victoria Village.
Residents complained that he had
transformed the lots into a major
dumping ground which created both
an environmental and health hazard.
Regrello commended Manick-
chand for continuing to pursue the
matter, even after the expiration of
his contract, ably assisted by Mo-
hammed, which resulted in victory
for the department.
"Their actions highlights the ded-
ication of the Public Health Depart-
ment in the execution of its function
to the citizens of San Fernando," Re-
Both Regrello and acting CEO
Yvette Rousseau said they were
satisfied with the court's ruling,
Regrello said it represented a step in
the right direction towards ensuring
San Fernando remains committed to
its motto: "In a healthy environment
we shall find strength."
As Easter weekend nears:
The Sangre Grande Region-
al Corporation will be spending
more than $300,000 on clean-
up crews, rental of portable toi-
lets and a supply of garbage bags
for beaches along the north coast when
hundreds of campers and visitors will
converge over the Easter weekend.
Chairman Terry Rondon said fork-
ing out such a large sum is "digging a
hole in the corporation's coffers" but
is necessary to maintain cleanliness at
beaches from Manzanilla to far-flung
Matelot and the Valencia River.
He said last Easter the corporation
removed 40 truck loads of garbage that
had been left along several beaches and
rivers used by campers and visitors.
"We had to send in a backhoe after Easter
because there were some make-shift toilets
creating a big stink on the beaches. We had
to dig them up and re-bury the faeces in an-
other location to avoid a health hazard. This
is what we have to go through year after
year," he said.
Rondon said after this year's Carnival
celebrations the corporation removed 22
truck loads of rubbish.
"We are expecting a big turn out of
users this weekend. Some campers will
also stay on the beaches with their children
after the Easter seeing school is on vacation,"
A large portion of the money will go towards
paying 80 sanitation workers who will be
cleaning the beaches and rivers from Good
Friday to Easter Monday.
In addition, the corporation will rent 45
portable toilets and purchase 1,000 garbage
bags for distribution to campers and visitors.
Rondon, who visited several beaches on
the north coast on Sunday, said people have
already begun to pitch tents and construct
temporary shelters with tarpaulin, lengths of
cardboard and galvanise sheeting and holes
have been dug in the sand to serve as make-
"After people use the beaches they just leave
the place nasty and they go their way. This is
the culture of some Trinidadians," he said.
"They would come to a beach that is clean
and throw their rubbish all over and then go
home. They have no regard. The corporation
is left with the headache to clean their mess.
"They will come back and do the same thing
next year without a thought about the dangers
they pose to the environment and sea life when
they indiscriminately dump their garbage in
the water and on land."
He added: "Campers and visitors are free
to go on the beaches and river banks. We have
no system in stopping them.
Rondon said the corporation's municipal
police officers will patrol the beaches, life-
guards will be on duty and health centres
throughout the region will be opened to treat
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