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Regrello moves on
San Fernando Mayor Junia
Regrello says all unauthorised
structures built in the southern
city without requisite permission,
will be torn down at the owner's
He made the statement during
the corporation's monthly statutory
meeting held at City Hall yesterday.
Regrello identified the issue as one
of urgent public importance. He said
illegal structures have been built on
Independence Avenue, Rushworth
Street and Park Street.
"There are complaints by citizens
about people who are using residen-
tial areas for commercial type activ-
ity. This could be disturbing in terms
of the traffic. We are hearing about
construction, welding and fabricat-
ing taking place during the night,"
He noted that stop work notices
have been signed and will be deliv-
ered to the property owners.
"Some of these stop work notices
were sent out this morning. There is a
notice of appeal and a time frame for
them to discontinue. If they persist
with the structures, we will then take
action and this will be at the owners'
expense," Regrello said.
He said the city will go to court and
get a judgment following which the
structures will be demolished.
Regrello identified one of the illegal
structures which started off as a car
wash and was now converted into a
"We have to be rigid in how we
operate because too many of these
illegal structures are cropping up,"
He also said the corporation will
have an increase in the number of
municipal police officers to execute
City engineer Nathoo Heeraman
said after investigations it was found
that the owner of the car wash never
sought approval from the city to erect
the garage. He confirmed that a stop
work notice will be given to the owner.
During the meeting, president of
Allied Industrial Supplies Compa-
ny Ltd Simon Alexander presented
cheques to winners who participat-
ed in the 2017 San Fernando Carnival
Tribute was also paid to the late
calypsonian Samuel "Brigo" Abra-
ham, late Chairman Emeritus of the
ANSA McAL Group of Companies Dr
Anthony Norman Sabga and late for-
mer PNM minister Rennie "Stretch"
beg for new school
RADHICA DE SILVA
Frustrated that their
new school has not yet
been completed, stu-
dents and parents of
Primary School yester-
day staged a fiery pro-
test,demanding that the
Ministry of Education
complete their building.
The school which is 95
per cent complete, start-
ed under the People's
but since the People's
National Movement took
office in September 2015,
no further work was done.
In an interview yester-
day, president of the PTA
Denise Williams said a
total of 141 students have
been housed at the South-
ern Gardens Early Child-
hood Centre at Warden
Road, Point Fortin, while
the new school was being
built since 2013.
"It is unbearable for
the children to continue
to remain there. The ECC
Centre caters for 50 pre-
schoolers and there is not
enough space in there to
properly accommodate the
Chatham students. There
is barely any walking space
in the school. The class-
rooms are separated by a
black-board and there is
no proper ventilation," she
said. She said the teachers
use fans to keep the class-
"We have electrical
cords everywhere and
this is a hazard for the
students," Williams said.
She also revealed that
a student fell down and
broke his arm two weeks
lor for Cedros Shankar
Teelucksingh accused the
Government of victimis-
ing the children from the
south western peninsula.
Minister in the Ministry
of Education Dr Lovell
Francis said completion
of the Chatham Govern-
ment Primary School was
a priority for the Ministry.
"Chatham is one of
the schools we are or-
ganising to restart. We
are in process of working
with EFCL (Education
Facilities Company Ltd)
to see how that can be
done. By the end of this
week I will know for sure
how we are progressing,"
Francis said. He said that
there were several other
schools which the Min-
istry planned to complete
as they were close to com-
Francis said the Minis-
try will also look at how
the conditions could be
improved at the ECC
Centre. He said he had no
problems meeting with the
Pupils of the Chatham
Government Primary School
during their protest yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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