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School aims to end injunction

Published: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Shut down for five months...

A lawsuit filed by the owners of a private school seeking to discharge an injunction obtained by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation that shut its doors comes up for hearing today in the High Court, in Port-of-Spain.

The case management hearing may determine whether or not the injunction preventing the Arbor and Rosewood schools’ occupation at 129 Long Circular Road, will come to an end.

Last Thursday, the Town and Country Planning Division (T&C) of the Ministry of Planning, through Minister Bhoe Tewarie, delivered a conditional approval to Edfam, the parent body for Arbor and Rosewood, months after the application was made in mid-August. The approval from T&C is expected to be the basis for Edfam’s appeal to remove the injunction.

A day prior to the delivery of T&C approval, a group of parents and students enrolled at Arbor and Rosewood, met with Tewarie to voice their concerns with the Ministry due to its reluctance to respond to the application.

The ex-parte injunction, which was granted to the DMRC last September, has forced Arbor and Rosewood’s 200-plus student population to relocate to three temporary locations for classes, one of which is the Church of the Assumption, located directly opposite Edfam’s 129 Long Circular Road leased premises.

However, despite T&C’s recent approval, the schools cannot be opened unless the injunction is removed by presiding judge Justice Devindra Rampersad.

Rampersad was asked by attorneys representing the DMRC to recuse himself from the case but subsequently denied the request saying there were no justifiable reason to do so.

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