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Breakfast party promoter’s appeal to be heard today
With one day left to go before he is scheduled to host the largest breakfast party in the country, promoter Anthony Young will return to the Court of Appeal this morning. Justices Allan Mendonca and Nolan Bereaux are expected to rule on the decision by the St George West Licensing Committee, which earlier this week, dismissed Young’s application for an “occasional licence.” Young’s attorney Keith Scotland is hoping that decision will be rescinded.
Meanwhile, Scotland was also granted leave to amend his application before the Court of Appeal to include the dancehall licence, which the committee failed to rule on. Young was seeking an occasional licence as well as a dancehall licence for D’Original Vale Breakfast Party to be held on Carnival Sunday night at Amethyst Park in Diamond Vale.
The dismissal came on Tuesday, after Annette Mc Kenzie, Senior Magistrate at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court and head of the Licensing Committee, blanked Young’s application on the basis that the venue was inadequate for the number of patrons expected and there were inadequate parking facilities.
Mc Kenzie later granted an occasional licence to promoter Colin Miles, who will host the Sunny Side Up Breakfast Party at the St Michael’s Parish Hall, Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard, Diamond Vale, on February 10.
Filing an appeal on Young’s behalf on Wednesday afternoon, Scotland was granted a hearing yesterday morning. Calling the matter around 10.03 am, Diamond Vale resident Lisa Maillard, who was cited as a respondent, explained to the court that she had only been served around 8.52 pm on Wednesday and had been unable to retain a lawyer in time.
Maillard formed part of the Diamond Vale Residents Committee, which had objected to the two parties on the grounds that they were denied a right to enjoy life and property as it often drew crowds in excess of 4,000 people, which led to general nuisance problems such as a traffic gridlock, people urinating on walls, fights, excessively loud music, indiscriminate parking, people engaging in sexual acts, property being destroyed and the use of obscene language.
Although Scotland gave oral notice of an appeal on Tuesday, he said up to 10 am yesterday, he had not yet received the notes of evidence. The matter will resume at 11 am today.