The Prime Minister’s Office is giving East Port-of-Spain a facelift with a planned new Piccadilly Street Regeneration project starting month-end.
This will create jobs for people in the area, Housing Minister Edmund Dillon also said after Cabinet yesterday. He said Cabinet approved the project, which falls within the PM’s Office and the Urban Development Company of T&T (Udecott).
Dillon explained, “It’s part of a wider project, the Government having recognised there’s a need to do something in East Port-of-Spain and the city of Port-of-Spain, as the city, also is experiencing an urban decline, unemployment and other issues that plague society. Government has decided there must be some measure to increase the East Port-of-Spain division, especially Piccadilly Street, which is a major egress out of the city.”
He also said Government recognised the need for jobs for those in the area. Phase One of the two-phase project incorporates from Besson Street to Laventille Road, while phase two involves Laventille Road to Jackson Hill.
Phase one will see the demolition of the old Besson Street Police Station, starting month-end. This block will make way for a tower complex which will comprise economic activity (ground floor), residential (second/other floors) and recreational areas. A lodge and schools in the area will be incorporated into the plan. But Dillon couldn’t give the cost of the project yesterday.
On another issue, Works Minister Rohan Sinanan said authorities are investigating oil samples from several vessels - but one in particular - in relation to the Tuesday’s maritime oil spill at the Port of Port-of-Spain, near the Hyatt Regency Hotel. He said the oil dissipated in 12 hours but the source hadn’t been found up to yesterday.
Sinanan added that the Environmental Management Authority, Maritime Services Division and Institute of Marine Affairs are doing samples from all vessels in the area and from the oil spill and one vessel was being examined closely.
“They’re pursuing all avenues to ensure that the vessel that’s responsible will be held accountable,” he said, adding he hoped the issue would be sorted out as soon as possible.