Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 24th 2014 Contents a proclamation of the Governor of Trinidad
in 1950, which it claimed had the cumulative
effect of vesting the land for use as a highway
or public roadway. In addition, the State
contended that if its submission was proven
true, it would mean that Gayadeens argu-
ment that they had gained the title by
adversely possessing the land for more than
50 years, would automatically fail.
The judges ruled that for the State to
succeed it had to prove that when the piece
of land had been acquired and was being
vested by the State, it was dedicated to the
public and had the acceptance of the public.
Through studying the history of the high-
way, Lord Patrick Hodge, who delivered the
judgment, ruled that the highway could
neither have been vested for the use of the
public nor could be accepted by the public,
as when it was built by the United States
during World War II, it was intended for
the exclusive use of that country s troops
stationed at its base in Cumuto.
The Gayadeens were represented by Peter
Knox, QC, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC,
and Robert Strang. Timothy Straker, QC,
and Tom Poole represented the State.
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Five British law lords have brought to an end a
lengthy legal battle between two bar owners and
the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure over the
ownership of a parcel of land bordering the Churchill
Roosevelt Highway in Arima.
In an eight-page judgment, the Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council on Thursday overturned two
previous judgments in which a High Court judge and
the Appeal Court had said the land, at the corner of
Tumpuna Road and the highway, was vested with
the ministry as highway reserve.
Instead, the judges ruled that Tanya and Curtis
Gayadeen had title to the land and as such could not
be evicted by the ministry.
The couple, who live and run a bar at the property,
first filed a constitutional motion after the ministry
sought to take possession of the property to construct
a dual carriageway between O Meara and Demerara
Road in 2010.
The project opened in March 2011, but the ministry
claimed it still needed a portion of the couple s carpark
to complete a sidewalk which is part of the project.
The Gayadeens said they obtained the title to the
property through their family s uninterrupted use of
it since 1953.
In defence of the claim, the ministry had submitted
that the State had acquired the land through the use
of the Land Acquisition Ordinance in the 1940s and
Privy Council rules for
highway bar owners
In an eight-page judgment, the
Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council on Thursday overturned two
previous judgments in which a High
Court judge and the Appeal Court had
said the land, at the corner of
Tumpuna Road and the highway, was
vested with the ministry as highway
reserve. Instead, the judges ruled
that Tanya and Curtis Gayadeen had
title to the land and as such could not
be evicted by the ministry.
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Before the flood:
Keep a portable radio, flashlight, emergency supplies and a
first aid kit on hand.
Monitor the radio for weather updates and evacuate immedi-
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Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your
home or place them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside, like garbage cans and
yard furniture for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch and other utilities.
Place important documents and valuables in plastic and store
them in a safe place.
During the flood:
Do not walk through flowing water. Just six inches of moving
water can knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen stream, river or gully by
foot or vehicle. The force of these waterways can have deadly
If your vehicle stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately
and climb to higher ground. A mere two feet of water can
float a large vehicle, even a bus.
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-soaked.
Check appliances and motors for damage and do not use them
until they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals, snakes and centipedes.
Have your electrical wiring checked before turning on the
Purify water before using. Use chlorine bleach or water puri-
fying tablets. Boil tap water for ten minutes.
Are you ready for aflood?
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