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Ministry’s illegal billboard still up and running

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

More than a month after it was deemed illegal by Town and Country Planning Division (TCPD) the electronic billboard at the bottom of Lady Chancellor Hill is still operating. It was erected last month by the Horticultural Division of the Ministry of Food Production. However, On November 4, Town and Country Planning Division director Clyde Watche deemed it illegal because it did not have the TCPD’s permission for outdoor signage. 



The billboard stands among the greenery near the road leading up to former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara's house. The Horticultural Division was warned on November 4 and given 28 days to remove it. However, an agreement was made between the division and TCPD for a retroactive application for approval. Horticultural Division acting director Kamaldeo Maharaj spoke to the T&T Guardian yesterday to say he spoke to TCPD last week and was told the application was still being processed. 


"The billboard is still operational and we are really waiting on a decision from TCPD, then we can proceed accordingly," he said. Watche could not be reached for further comment. The application process was delayed at first by Watche's bereavement leave. Shortly after he deemed the billboard illegal, a close relative died and he was unable to come to work. The T&T Guardian has not been able to get an update from TCPD since he returned to work   late last month. 


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