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posted 29 Jan 2014, 19:00 by Gerry Kangalee
The following statement was released by the Save Our Green Spaces Committee on January 25 2013:

The Save Our Green Space Committee (SOGSC) has not been in a position to brief you formally since mid-December 2013 about plans by residents of Tacarigua and other stakeholders, to seek legal redress for our well publicized concerns about proposed and actual physical developments within our Orange Grove Savannah.

You may not have been aware that planning permission was granted by the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development to the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (SPORTT) without any consultation with stakeholders in Tacarigua and with other habitual users of this iconic green space within our community. Our principal concerns continue to be the potential for adverse consequences from this development within our community and on our way of life.

We now embrace this opportunity to apprise you that members of the Tacarigua community and affected stakeholders have commenced legal proceedings to challenge the grant of planning permission for the establishment of the sporting complex proposed by the SPORTT in our Orange Grove Savannah.

Our application for leave for Judicial Review was granted by the High Court on the 7th January 2014 and we, the parties filed our claim on the 20th January 2014.

We have been privileged to be assisted professionally in taking forward these legal interventions, under the expert guidance of an esteemed three-person legal team, led by the highly acclaimed and experienced Advocate Attorney, Mr. Fyard Hosein, Senior Counsel. Other members of the team are the Junior Advocate Attorney, Mr. Rishi Dass, and our filing Attorney, Ms. Marina Narinesingh.

The Hearing (First Case Management Conference) on this High Court Matter is scheduled for the 6th February 2014 at 9:00 am in Hall of Justice, Court Room, POS 20 to which you are cordially invited to attend, if feasible. Litigants from Tacarigua and other affected parties are all expected to be present.

Prior to this however, the SOGSC expects to convene a Crucial Mass Public Assembly on Saturday 1st February 2014 at 7:30 am at the Corner of Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua and the Priority Bus Route, to which you are also invited. Feelings of our community will continue to find expression on our placards as is usual for our Citizens' Assemblies.

Thank you kindly for your interest and support.


Carol James