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Eddie Hart project halted as Prakash seeks consultation
Leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar plans to raise the Eddie Hart Savannah project during Cabinet today. In a statement issued yesterday, Ramadhar said this latest move comes in the wake of a temporary halt to the project to allow for additional public input from residents of the area. The Sport Company of T&T has been mandated to carry out the project, which will utilise the lands from the Eddie Hart Grounds and Golden Grove Savannah to build a sporting hub.
Residents of Tacarigua and environs, however, have been demanding a halt to the project to allow for consultations. Among their issues with the planned construction of the facility is the fact that it will take up a huge chunk of “green space” from the community. “It has always been the policy of the COP to empower local communities to make decisions about local development,” Ramadhar said yesterday. “In fact, the recognition of community rights is a foundation stone on which the COP was built.”
Ramadhar, who represents the constituency in which the proposed project is located, requested a temporary halt to the development to address local concerns, including the need to preserve green space, water quality and conservation, and the use of environmentally friendly construction materials. Ramadhar, who is also the Minister of Legal Affairs, said: “For the COP, local empowerment isn’t just a slogan, it is a guiding principle.
“Affected communities should have a seat at the table when it comes to the details of neighbourhood projects,” In a recent release, the Sport Company said the hub will include:
• an international standard football field on the east ground with stadium lighting
• an athletics track on the east ground with lighting
• a 900-seat covered pavilion, with dedicated changing facilities for players, public toilets and concessionaire spaces
• an indoor sporting facility building
• an international standard cricket field on the west ground with stadium lighting
• a dedicated jogging path on the east ground with lighting
• two small-goal football courts with lighting and a children’s play park with equipment.
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