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had a tram system and train system
but that sadly is not the case."
Allan Thomas, owner of Thomas &
Sons, said a major obstacle to imple-
menting parking and traffic manage-
ment initiatives in the city is unreg-
ulated and illegal vending.
"The park-and-ride is a good idea
but roads must also be free of con-
gestion. We can t have vendors lining
the roads, otherwise the system will
be just as irritating."
Thomas said vendors contributed to
the parking crisis by parking their vehi-
cles overnight on the streets.
"A system is needed to regulate ven-
dors in the city. A lot of vendors park
their cars overnight on the streets.
Some of them hang their items on your
windows and if you try to move them,
they will bust your windows. These
things are very discouraging to
"We were promised by several min-
istries and mayors that Salvatori site
will be used as a car park but it was
given to vendors," Thomas added.
Aboud blamed successive govern-
ments for the current state of affairs,
saying they never had any real interest
in the city.
"In Trinidad, successive changes of
government have brought zero action.
The fact is that local and central gov-
ernments had no financial interest or
stake in PoS and all of their ministerial
and governmental positions will be
unaffected regardless of whether PoS
lives or dies."
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Thomas said, "After all these years, after all these
technocrats addressed us, it is shocking that there
is no plan for the city except to run a cable car from
City Gate to Fort Picton."
Wary that previous talks with governments have
brought no meaningful change, Aboud said he looks
forward to working with a committee established
by Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie and chaired
by Richard Young.
"We are extremely hopeful that measures will
soon be considered by the committee which has
already set about formulating plans for implemen-
tation in the very immediate short term.
"The plans are intended to address the chronic
shortage of parking, security issues that are related
to daytime and night-time business and other issues
related to the emergency resuscitation of PoS."
"The fact that all available parking facilities are
operating at maximum including the parkade is a
clear indication that time is not on our side and that
the need for attention is urgent and desperate,"
From Page A8
There are plans to establish a hotline for men
in crisis. Errol Fabien, organiser of yesterday s
Walk-a-Son hosted by Gayelle, said the hotline
will provide a listening ear for men who find them-
selves in adverse situations.
Referring to statistics of male-on-male and male-
on-female violence, Fabien said: "I feel men who
have somebody they can talk to, that can help to
diffuse some of the situations they find themselves
in. I also feel that many of the young men who find
themselves in crime are not spending time with their
fathers and grandfathers."
Fabien, who spoke to the T&T Guardian the end
of yesterday s walk, described it as an exciting and
wonderful success. He said he was not discouraged
by the small number of participants that turned up
at the Eddie Hart Savannah, Tacarigua.
Despite the inclement weather, fathers, sons,
grandfathers and great-grandfathers turned up to
make the five-mile walk along the Eastern Main
Road from Tacarigua to Curepe.
Fabien said: "I really believe there are a lot of con-
versations missing between men in T&T. We need
to spend time with the young males in our families
and to make the time for them."
Reflecting on the disconnect he sometimes expe-
riences with his own sons, Fabien said his father
was an inspiration to him and similarly, he is aiming
to ensure his sons experience that love and warmth.
"The time we don t spend with them today is
gone and will never come back again," he said.
The youngest participant in yesterday s walk was
three-month-old Kruz Lucky who accompanied his
dad Khalil, 27.
The two captured the prize for Youngest Pair,
while Ricardo Sandy and his family copped the Oldest
Pair and Largest Family prizes.
Other categories included Loudest Cheering Sec-
tion, Pair With Most Grey Hair, Yummiest Tummy,
Most Outstanding Bald Head and the differently-
A prize was also warded to the family in which
a son, father, grandfather and great-grandfather par-
Among the sponsors were Flow, First Citizens,
Phoenix Park, Almawi Ltd, Vemco, Yummy Tummy,
Hilo, Nestle, Unilever, Hand Arnold, Bermudez,
Coca-Cola, Sagicor, Frosty s and Tales and Treas-
"The park-and-ride is a good idea but roads
must also be free of congestion. We can't have
vendors lining the roads, otherwise the
system will be just as irritating."
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