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The T&T Chamber of Industry and
Commerce has called for more public
discussion on one of the reforms in
the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill
2014: Second ballot runoff voting.
In a statement yesterday, the business
group said while it supported in prin-
ciple the other reforms in the bill---pro-
visions for recall of MPs and term limits
for prime ministers---it had questions
about the runoff proposal.
"Even in the face of the approval of
the bill by the Lower House, given the
public outcry on this particular reform,
we continue to believe that more public
discussion is still necessary, to help
inform the discussions and debate in
the Senate, about any continued con-
cerns the public may have," the chamber
"Additionally, we question what leg-
islation is deemed urgent by our
nation s leaders.
The chamber is of the view that, in
the spirit of achieving good governance,
transparency and accountability, there
are more urgent matters that should be
addressed, such as the Public Procure-
ment and Disposal Of Public Property
Bill, 2014, a Bill which was allowed to
lapse after the last sitting of the Par-
"The chamber again insists that a
date be announced for the debate of
the Public Procurement and Disposal
Of Public Property Bill, 2014, with the
aim of having this legislation passed
with the same sense of urgency.
"We repeat our call, as part the Pri-
vate Sector Civil Society Group, to pro-
claim and operationalise the bill on
public procurement within 180 days of
its approval by Parliament."
The group also said it would hold
the Prime Minister to account, following
her announcement yesterday that a
committee would be set up to provide
a legislative framework for campaign
financing, and to provide its report in
"This is yet another issue that we
believe should be urgent on the Gov-
ernment s legislative agenda," the cham-
Chamber wants more
talks on runoff polls
Afra Raymond and Kevin Browne
will speak about citizenship and how
everyone can be involved with build-
ing and maintaining systems that sup-
port integrity today at the Propaganda
Space, Erthig Road, Belmont.
Today s event is a continuation of
the Unconquered series of conversations
on art, life and action, started during
this year s Carnival.
Raymond is president of the Joint
Consultative Council for the Construc-
tion Industry (JCC) and a chartered
surveyor and managing director of Ray-
mond & Pierre Ltd.
Dr Kevin Browne is a Trinidad-born,
US-based writer, photographer and
professor whose major field of study
is contemporary rhetorical theory, spe-
cialising in ethnic rhetoric, vernacular
rhetoric and rhetorics of the Caribbean
and the African Diaspora.
This evening s event starts at 6.30
pm and is free to the public.
For more information on the
Unconquered series call 794 4547.
Raymond leads discussion
on citizenship and integrity
A group of Maraval
residents has banded
together to oppose the
planned relocation of
two exclusive private
schools to the area.
In an open letter sent
to the media last week,
the Lower Maraval Res-
idents Association said
the planned relocation of
the Arbor and Rosewood
schools to a property
opposite the Church of
the Assumption at Long
Circular Road, Maraval,
would exacerbate the
traffic woes they already
face during peak hours.
"Already, between 6.30
and 8.30 on weekday
mornings, traffic heading
into Maraval is chan-
nelled via Long Circular
Road to allow a one-way
flow through Boissiere
Village and any further
obstruction on the main
road is going to affect
thousands of commuters
who have no alternative
route," the release said.
Besides the expected
increase in traffic linked
to the school s current
population of 220 stu-
dents and 30 teachers,
who were previously
housed at Hayes Street,
St Clair, the residents
claim they will be
exposed to other incon-
veniences associated with
living near a school.
"The schools will
local life with extra noise,
security risks and the
possibility of further
encroachment (they have
already advised parents
they are growing steadi-
ly ), so further expansion
is clearly on the cards),"
the release said.
When a T&T Guardian
news team visited the site
last Friday, construction
workers inside refused to
reveal details of work
being done to prepare the
property for the school s
occupation by the start
of next month s school
term. They also refused
to divulge contact infor-
mation for the owner of
The tinted glass facade
at the front of the build-
ing, which last housed a
sushi restaurant, had not
been removed but all
signs and other branding
material related to the
restaurant were gone.
There were no signs indi-
cating the planned relo-
cation of the school.
This building, which formerly housed Tao
Sushi, is being renovated to house the
Arbor and Rosewood School at Long
Circular Road, Maraval, in time for the new
school term. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
of traffic woes
The group says on July 24 it met with
the directors of the school, who
informed it about the relocation and
corresponding traffic plan, which uses an
entrance to a large carpark on Champs
Elysees, with the exit opposite the
building housing the school on Long
"They had to admit that they did not
have Town and Country Planning
approval for the use of 129 Long Circular
Road as a school, nor Traffic
Management Branch approval for what
residents regard as an unviable traffic
plan," the residents said.
Contacted on the matter, councillor for
Belle Vue/Boissiere No 1, Kern Solomon,
confirmed the residents' claims.
"By all indications, from the meeting
they in fact do not have the necessary
permission," Solomon said.
He suggested that the school should
find an alternative location as the
proposed site and surrounding buildings
were all residential properties.
He said he had lived in the area all his
life and over the past few years the
traffic during peak hours had become
"hazardous" and would obviously worsen
with the addition of the school.
The bilingual educational institutions,
a primary and a secondary school,
require parents seeking admission for
their children to make an $8,000
contribution to a capital fund, in addition
to over $15,000 in annual school fees. It
is run by EDFAM, a non-profit
The T&T Guardian made several calls
to the school but got no response.
Several attempts to speak to the head of
the board of directors, Phillip Hamel-
Smith, between last Friday and
yesterday were unsuccessful.
PLAN NOT FEASIBLE
Plans for two schools in Maraval but...
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