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No eviction for
RADHICA DE SILVA
Residents of Windsor Park, California, who live on the pe-
riphery of a valuable quarry, will not being evicted, Agricul-
ture Minister Clarence Rambharat assured yesterday.
His comments came after residents called on Government
to stand down on further quarrying in the community.
The residents have been losing sleep thinking that their
homes will be torn down by the EMBD after they were
served notices for land surveying.
The notices state that the EMBD was in the process of
surveying lands owned/occupied by residents “for the
purpose of redefining lands and demarcating bounda-
During a protest yesterday, president of the Wind-
sor Park Village Association Sona Manson said the
residents, who live around the quarry, have been
occupying lands owned by Caroni 1979 Limited for
more than four decades.
During this period, Manson said some occupants
have been regularised while others were paying
rent to Caroni 1975 Limited up to the time when the
company became defunct in 2003.
“Last October, a demolition crew claiming to get
authorisation came to the home of Gillian Bayne and
threatened to break down her house which is 60 feet
from the quarry,” Manson explained. Villagers stood
up for Bayne and the crew left.
He explained that following this incident security
patrols started in the community occupied by about
“Because of Gillian’s experience we feel threatened
and intimidated by the security which is patrolling
here. After what happened last year we are worried
they will break our houses. In 2008, the Government
tried to evict us from here and we took out an injunction
which was granted for ten years. That injunction will
expire and we are worried that maybe they will try to get
us out again,” Manson added.
“We are hearing they want to take away our
ground and run the quarry through the play-
ground. This will affect our community. It is really
troubling for us,” Rohini Bankay said.
MP for the area Rudranath Indarsingh said yes-
terday that there was no consultation from the rel-
evant State agencies.
He said the contingent of heavily armed officers
attached to a private security firm threatened to
bulldoze people if they stop the surveying.
“The EMBD is simply surveying the site so that
responsibility for the site can be transferred to
them. There is no further quarrying on that site,”
Rambharat said. He added that residents had noth-
ing to worry about as it relates to quarrying and
RADHICA DE SILVA
A water crisis at the Scarbor-
ough Hospital in Tobago which
forced the cancellation of five
non-emergency surgeries on
Wednesday has been rectified.
Acting medical director of the hospi-
tal Dr Victor Wheeler confirmed that
five surgeries had to be postponed
on Wednesday as it was impossi-
ble to do them without a water
The T&T Guardian under-
stands that the hospital was
completely out of water, not
even to make tea or flush toilets
and the cafeteria sent for bottled
Wheeler said a ruptured water
main was the reason for the water
shortage and by late evening
the problem was rectified.
However, Minority Leader of
the Tobago House of Assembly
Watson Duke claimed the hospi-
tal had a malfunctioning water
pump which should have been
replaced and regularly main-
He called on Health
Minister Terrence Dey-
alsingh and chief sec-
retary of the Tobago
House of Assembly
(THA) Kelvin Charles to
ensure such problems
do not happen again.
Duke also said that phar-
maceuticals were in
short supply in Tobago
adding that basic items
like soap and toilet paper
were unavailable at the
Chief executive officer
of the Tobago Regional
Health Authority Ingrid
Melville could not be
reached for comment and
she did not respond to
However, calls to her of-
fice lines went unanswered.
In a statement late yes-
terday, corporate com-
of the Tobago Regional
Health Authority said
it was a main water line
which was compro-
mised early Wednesday
morning and a team im-
mediately began to work
on the line to rectify the
situation. She said the
water supply was re-
stored by Wednesday
afternoon and steps are
being taken to ensure
that there is no reoccur-
Villagers of Windsor Park, Claxton Bay who are questioning the
letters given to them by EMBD indicating the notice to survey the
land on which they have occupied for decades.
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
After water crisis
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