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Mayor to meet Lee Sing on bottle ban plan

Monday, December 30, 2013

Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee will meet with his predecessor Louis Lee Sing this week to discuss, among other things, Lee Sing’s proposal to ban glass bottles from the capital city on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Tim Kee told the T&T Guardian yesterday he was not clear on the rationale behind Lee Sing’s proposal but would speak to the former mayor regarding the idea. 



“I will meet with the former mayor (Lee Sing) this week and we will discuss it and I will discuss it with my council before making any public statements,” Tim Kee said. The plan, initiated to curtail violent incidents in the city during Carnival, was proposed by Lee Sing in 2012, but the effort was not given ministerial approval. Lee Sing, who wrote to the Ministry of National Security several times regarding the issue, was told that more time was needed to give consideration to the matter.



National Security Minister Gary Griffith said the matter will be discussed ahead of the 2014 Carnival season. “We cannot base decisions like that on a single individual’s perception,” Griffith said. “It could be of benefit but we have to ensure that we have the capability to enforce it and that it would be of substantial value. “It would take a lot more dialogue.”


Griffith said the issue will be discussed with Tim Kee and other stakeholders as part of a National Carnival Commission (NCC) committee on security measures throughout the Carnival season. He said he wanted to be personally involved in the committee. “There are dozens of other initiatives for the Carnival season which are on the table.” Griffith said, measures to ensure public safety would be increased in 2014.


“We have the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC) headquarters at Knowsley and we will focus on increased security measures.” Griffith said the NSOC would make full use of helicopters to monitor police patrols and use GPS tracking for bands during the two-day national festival.


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