The Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation is moving to stop the construction of the controversial church on the Heights of Guanapo that has been linked to Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
According to Winifred David, chief executive officer of the corporation, notice would be served for construction of The Light of the Light House of the Lord Jesus Christ to be halted, since no approval was given by the corporation for the multi-million-dollar building to be erected. "The usual procedure is to give them notice, asking them why the development is continuing...after that there is a process of seven days, if they do not stop the work, we then come back to council and get an order for demolition," David told the Guardian yesterday, after the statutory meeting of the corporation.
"It kind of helps them to stop them from going ahead with development unless they get the necessary approval," she said. David said notice would be served on the contractors at the site of the project before the end of the month. "The letter has not been delivered as yet... soon...before the end of the week, I suppose," she said. "I have a person who has to report it to me and when I get that document, I will sign off on it," she said. The church has been generating much attention since Opposition chief whip Jack Warner raised concerns about it at last week Friday's sitting of the Lower House. It was alleged that the church was being built, using state resources in an improper manner to facilitate Prime Minister Patrick Manning's spiritual adviser or seerwoman Rev Juliana Pena, also known as Juliana Pierre Devenish.
David reiterated that no documentation from the Town and Country Planning Division was received for the church to be erected. "(For) any building development in the country, the first responder is the Town and Country Planning (Division)," she said. "When they approve it, it then comes to us (the corpoartion) and we give final permission or final approval and the person or persons go ahead and build," David said. "We have received nothing as yet so we cannot say whether they have anything at (the) Town and Country Planning (Division)...and following the process that we know should have happened, it should have here and then afterwards they would have given them their permit because we are responsible for the integrity of the structures." When asked about the church being constructed illegally, David responded: "Based on what I just explained to you, it would be that."