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After almost three months of
legal wrangling, Frankie s Restau-
rant and Bar was granted a condi-
tional liquor licence yesterday.
At a hearing in the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court, Senior Magistrate
Annette McKenzie, head of the
Licensing Committee for St George
West, agreed to grant the licence
once several conditions set by the
committee were met.
The conditions include the
removal of an outdoor bar at the
venue at the corner of Alberto Street
and Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook.
McKenzie also told bar owner
Crisanto Horsham bins would have
to be placed at strategic locations in
and around his property to ensure
patrons did not litter the pavement.
Horsham must hire two security
guards between Thursday and Sun-
day nights to ensure patrons do not
block the sidewalks in front of the
bar or block the neighbours drive-
ways with their cars. He is also
required to raise a wall which enclos-
es his business by two feet.
Horsham agreed and promised to
comply fully within three weeks.
Members of the committee are
expected to visit the bar during the
three-week period to ensure the con-
ditions are met.
McKenzie adjourned the case to
July 11, when the licence is expected
to be granted, allowing Horsham to
reopen his business.
Horsham and three other bar
owners in the area applied for the
renewal of their licences in March.
The others---Tequila Twist, La
Habana and Rossco s---were recently
granted new licences after they
agreed to restrictions suggested by
Delivering her oral judgment,
McKenzie noted that 14 individuals
had initially raised objections to the
renewal. Among them were Port-
of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing and
Woodbrook councillor Cleveland
She said: "The committee had to
balance Horsham s legitimate right
to earn an income and the residents
right to the peaceful enjoyment of
During a hearing, one resident
who lives 450 metres away from
Frankie s, claimed patrons at the bar
were blocking residents driveways
and urinating on their walls nightly.
She also claimed the bar was creating
unbearable noise late at night and
early in the morning.
In her judgment, McKenzie noted
that some of the complaints could
not be directly attributed to Frankie s
and the police did not intervene.
"It is curious to note that the
police was not represented in the
matter and gave no indication of a
willingness to object to the renewal,"
Horsham was represented by Rus-
sell Huggins while Robin Montano
appeared for the residents.
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal appeased
protesting former Caroni workers by promising
land distribution in three weeks. He did so after a
handful of them threatened to disrupt the UNC s
Monday night meeting in Felicity.
The former workers were chased away from the
front of the UNC stage in Felicity shortly before Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar arrived. They accused
the Government of poor governance and deceit.
Two of the workers---Ramdeo Balgobin and Rakeeb
Mohammed---said they had been waiting to meet with
Persad-Bissessar for months to discuss the plight of
the former workers but she had been inaccessible.
Balgobin said workers had invested in a "sweetener
loan" in 2003 when the company went defunct but
ten years later they were yet to receive their promised
dues. Mohammed also complained that workers were
yet to receive their residential lots.
Moonilal, who is in charge of land affairs, told the
UNC supporters help was on the way for the former
workers. He said under the Patrick Manning govern-
ment, a court matter to deprive them of their promised
lands was taken to the Privy Council.
"When we got into government there was a ruling
and the judge said that Caroni lands should be prepared
for workers and all infrastructure should be in place
by 2008. Manning took that ruling to the Court of
Appeal to deprive people and one of the first things
we did when we got into government was instruct
the AG to withdraw that matter in the Privy Council,"
With regard to land distribution, he said 700 lots
would be distributed to former Caroni workers for
He also said all those who were deprived of their
life s savings by investing in the "sweetener loan pro-
gramme" would also receive their monies within the
next three weeks.
Ex-Caroni workers to get land
in three weeks, says Moonilal
campus of the
After 3 months, Frankie's gets licence
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