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The public is hereby notified
that Ashley Webb proposes to
apply to the Environmental
Management Authority (EMA)
for a variation in accordance
with the Noise Pollution Control
Rules 2001 for the
Event/Activity described below.
Date of Event/Activity:
Saturday 16th November,
4 Point Sable Road,
Point Do'r, La Brea.
12 midnight on 16th
November 2013 to 8am on
Sunday 17th November, 2013.
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mit comments within 5
working days of the publica-
tion of this Notice to the
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Outgoing Port-of-Spain mayor
Louis Lee Sing claimed he was set
up yesterday when an event dealing
with the eradication of latrines
began to look like a campaign meet-
ing for Monday s local government
Before the event began at The
Greens on Piccadilly Street, east Port-
of-Spain, members of the Congress
of the People congregated on the
pavement, some wearing jerseys bear-
ing the party s emblem, while others
handed out T-shirts to passers-by
from a parked car.
Cars topped with megaphones
blasted announcements that the COP
was parked opposite The Greens.
Seemingly appalled, Lee Sing---a PNM
mayor---said he could not believe he
had been invited to a COP rally.
"And that frightens me for the
democracy of this country," he said.
"When I look around and I see so
many of the COP assembled here, I
know I have been set up here as the
mayor of Port-of-Spain.
"Had it not been so obscene, it
would be laughable that you people
at the East Port-of-Spain Develop-
ment Company would waste our tax-
payers money to score cheap points
and win votes for a programme you
have neither conceived nor imple-
mented. You fool no one with this
circus here this morning."
Insisting the project did not belong
to the central government because it
was "not in the central government s
genes" to come up with such an ini-
tiative, Lee Sing urged that people
must be put first.
"This is a programme that was
conceived within the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation and it is currently
funded by the corporation, of which
I, as mayor, had tremendous respon-
sibility in bringing on stream.
"East Port-of-Spain Development
Company Ltd is under contract by us
to perform the job of removing cesspits
and installing proper toilets and bath-
rooms for the people in east Port-of-
Spain. To attempt to politicise this
matter, as you are doing here demon-
strates the desperation of this govern-
ment and it further demonstrates the
barrenness of this government to be
creative," Lee Sing added.
Giving a synopsis of how the proj-
ect began, Lee Sing said when he
came into office he found there were
3,000 latrines in the city and a pro-
posal was then sent to the central
government to remove all of them.
"We asked the government for $45
million and they gave us $2 million
in the 2010/2011 budget and we could
do not much.
"When we did the maths we could
only eradicate 87 pits. We tendered
under the Central Tenders Board and
at the level of the corporation, but
nobody felt they wanted to go in and
remove the pits," Lee Sing recalled. He
said a contract was then entered into
with the East Port-of-Spain Develop-
ment Company to remove 87 latrines
and replace them with bathrooms.
"But here I am being invited to a
circus to launch a project that is
already launched. All I ask is that the
work of the city be carried out in the
interest of the corporation who con-
tracted you and we are paying the
bill," Lee Sing added.
He also threatened to sue the com-
pany for breach of contract.
In response to Lee Sing s remarks,
Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie
said, "On the week in which you have
a local government election it is
inevitable that even if you try to do
something constructive that it could
become very politicised."
On the COP supporters being pres-
ent at yesterday s event, Tewarie said
they wanted to make their presence
felt as they would have known about
the event. Annabelle Davis, chairman
of the East Port-of-Spain Company,
said yesterday s event was "not
unusual" and was the "brainchild of
a number of persons."
"We recognise our role as contrac-
tors in this matter and we are clear
we are here simply to treat with the
award of the contract and ensure we
are here to work in the best interest
of the people," Davis added.
Lee Sing slams COP 'invasion'
at latrine eradication launch
COP supporters hand out t-shirts on Piccadilly Street at the launch of works to eliminate outhouses in Laventille
hosted by the East Port-of-Spain Development Company in Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
A livid Port-of-Spain mayor Louis
Lee Sing at the launch of works to
eliminate latrines in east PoS.
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