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CHARLES KONG SOO
Newly-elected Tunapuna Piarco
Regional Corporation councillor Joel
Warrick came in for some heavy flak
from Save Our Orange Grove Savan-
nah Committee (SOGSC) member
Vernon De Leon on Saturday, after
Warrick said he supported the con-
struction of a multi-sports complex
in the Orange Grove Savannah,
Tacarigua, based on majority support.
Warrick, councillor for Macoya/
Trincity, found himself in the firing line
of a passionate De Leon during another
community meeting on the planned
development at the Eddie Hart
Grounds, Tacarigua, on Saturday.
Three other councillors were pres-
ent---Aaron Thomas (Caura/Paradise/
Tacarigua), Esmond Forde (Auzonville/
Tunapuna) and Paul Leacock (Bon
Committee chairman Peter Burke
and secretary/public relations officer
Dr Carol James raised the residents
concerns to the councillors.
Warrick and Forde were the only
people at the meeting who supported
the project, which proposes to con-
struction a multi-million-dollar sport-
ing complex on the land which now
houses the Eddie Hart grounds and old
Moosai s cricket ground.
The committee, however, is insisting
that the development not be carried
out, since they want to maintain the
area as a "green space."
One major area of concern was the
lack of information on the project and
in the cases of all the councillors, receipt
of misinformation or no information
Addressing Warrick during the meet-
ing, De Leon said: "As the councillor
for this area, if the SOGSC is wrong,
you have a responsibility to inform your-
self and that section of your community
or burgesses who are wrong and not
just blindly support the majority.
"We re not afraid to be told that we re
wrong, but nobody has told us so, or
brought forward cogent evidence and
information to dispute anything that
the committee has come up with in
terms of the benefits of preserving our
green spaces against the advantages of
giving it up," he said.
"Until such time, reconsider that
statement you made. If you re doing
that, you re not a leader but a follow-
er."Warrick said his job was not neces-
sarily to agree with everything, but to
support and represent the majority even
though it was not his personal position.
Heavy rains resulted in a small turnout of spec-
tators as the country paid its respects to those
who lost their lives in World Wars I and II, at
yesterday s Remembrance Day held at the Ceno-
taph, Memorial Park, Port-of-Spain.
Remembrance Day is also referred to as Memorial
Day in T&T.
The brief ceremony, which included a military
drill by members of the Defence Force, began just
after 10.30 am.
Detachments from the Regiment, Coast Guard,
Air Guard, Air Force, Defence Force Reserves, Police
Service, Fire Service and the Cadets, who were
dressed in ceremonial wear, participated in the
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, acting
President Timothy Hamel-Smith, Speaker Wade
Mark, National Security Minister Gary Griffith,
diplomats, mayors, representatives from the Royal
Air Forces Association and Mission to Seafarers
lay elaborate wreaths, comprising artifical flow-
ers.The excitement of the spectators, including
some children, was waned as they complained of
the obscure view at the vantage points provided
by the Defence Force.
An elderly man said there should be a "more
modern approach" by having the ceremony broad-
cast live on television.
This, he added, would also help to promote a
greater sense of patriotism.
Remembrance Day or Poppy Day is held annually
on the second Sunday in November or the day
closest to November 11. The date marks the day
in 1918 in which an armistice between Allied and
German forces was signed, which signaled the end
of World War I. Similar memorials are held in
other parts of the world to honour and pay tribute
to their soldiers who died in the World War I and
II conflicts, which took place from 1914 to 1918
and 1939 to 1945, respectively.
The poppy flower is used as a symbol in remem-
brance of those soldiers who died during the war.
(See Page A14)
He conceded, however, that if the majority of
people said they didn t want the sports complex,
then it shouldn t be built.
Forde said what he was shown in the Sport Com-
pany of T&T s original designs for the $190 million
project was a "totally different picture" from what
was contained in the SOGSC flier on the matter.
Forde said there was provision for a 700-seater
capacity stadium, not 900 capacity, all trees would
remain in the savannah, there would be no high-rise
structure, the Buggy Haynes cricket area would still
be on the facility and there was no mention that
people would have to pay to use the facility.
The residents sensitivity over the issue were raised
once more on Friday when heavy equipment turned
up and started clearing more of the land on which
the development is to be built.
The committee subsequently sent a legal letter to
the Sport Company on the matter, noting that Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar had notified them
that Cabinet had agreed that the project should not
continue until all legal requirements had been fulfilled,
including a certificate of environmental clearance
from the Environmental Management Authority and
there had been consultation.
Members of the Save our Orange Grove Savannah Committee listen to proceedings during Saturday's meeting at the Eddie Hart
Grounds, Tacarigua. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
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