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City cop: No let-up in wrecking for new year

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Now that the yuletide season has drawn to a close, visitors to the capital city may think they can breathe a sigh of relief as the expectation is that the surge in wrecking in Port-of-Spain will have eased. However, calls to the relevant authorities have indicated that it is business as usual in the new year. Constable Trishan Jaikaran of the City Police at the Port-of-Spain City Corporation said yesterday that wrecking was still ongoing.


Jaikaran said: “Thursday to Saturday the City Police are responsible for the upper Port-of-Spain area, including St James, Woodbrook. Monday to Friday the Traffic Branch does wrecking in lower Port-of-Spain.” He said he could not comment on parking plans for visitors to the city, as it was still a matter of ongoing discussion, but said the same attention would be given to wrecking in the new year as during the Christmas season, since it was a matter of enforcing the law.


Jaikaran said many citizens called to complain about illegal parking in driveways and on the pavement and wrecking seeks to address this situation. President of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (Doma) Gregory Aboud when asked for a comment on the issue said Doma had no position at this time. When contacted, Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing had strong views on the matter.


Although he said that left to him, “downtown Port-of-Spain will be fully pedestrianised,” Lee Sing said the wreckers were not his wreckers and so he cannot speak on that issue. He advised all such queries be directed to National Security Minister Jack Warner.


“I am caught between rules, regulations and ministers of government who don’t want Port-of-Spain to be better...I don’t know that wrecking provides any relief (to the traffic situation),” Lee Sing said. “There needs to be a higher presence of traffic wardens at the intersections to get traffic moving...Until then, we will only be spinning top in mud.”


The mayor said to his knowledge the current parking arrangements, where citizens can park at Salvatori building and the Queen’s Park Savannah, as well as the park and ride system, were still in place.


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