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Councillor rallies with move to stop new tennis centre
Local government councillor for the Macoya/Trincity district Ria Boodoo vows to rally around the “Save Our Green Space” Committee to stop the construction of a tennis centre at the Orange Grove Savannah, Tacarigua.Addressing residents on Sunday at a meeting held near the site for the centre in Tacarigua, Boodoo said she planned to stand with the residents to stop its construction. She also presented a petition, saying it would be carried to the Cabinet to reverse the decision on the centre.
She said Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, who is the MP for St Augustine, has said “this particular project that we are now currently debating is a project that has been approved by Cabinet and to stop the project he has to take a note back to Cabinet to cease/stop any development taking place. “What I do have is a petition which he asked to be signed which will form part of his debate to be taken to Cabinet for approval to stop the development of any facility that you may not want in your grounds.”
The residents say the grounds are used by senior citizens for exercising and also argue the construction would damage the environment. In an interview over the weekend, historian Angelo Bissessarsingh said all construction work on the centre should be halted so that an archaeological investigation could be carried out. The construction of the centre was first mentioned by Sport Minister Anil Roberts at a post-Cabinet news conference in early April 2011.
Roberts announced that the Ministry of Planning and Udecott decided to take the sporting facilities closer to the people and closer to where they lived. He also said for 2012 and 2013 Government would spend $1.37 billion, which would include $735 million to construct a cycling velodrome in Mt Hope, an aquatic centre near the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, and a tennis centre in Tacarigua. Roberts said the centre would bring in US$1.3 million a year.
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