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Malabar residents Meet Ministry Officials on Proposed Judicial Centre

by | Sep 12, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 10The Justice Ministry is assuring Malabar residents the Ministry would seek to identify possible alternative sites within the district for the proposed Judicial Centre.

Justice Minister, Emmanuel George, made the comment during a meeting held on Friday with representatives of the Malabar Residents Association and Arima Deputy Mayor, Anthony Garcia.

It was held to discuss the residents’ concerns regarding  the proposed siting of the Judicial Centre on a parcel of land located at the Lennox Yearwood  Expressway in Malabar, Arima.

A statement on Friday, said officials of the Justice  Ministry delivered a presentation on the design of the complex and  sought to provide the context and framework within which the site had been identified and selected.

The Presentation also sought to address the concerns of the residents, which had been previously enunciated at a meeting hosted by His Worship the Mayor on June 28, 2014.

Those concerns included fear of increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the already limited road infrastructure in the area and the potential threat to the safety of residents from the operation of a Judicial Centre there.

The spokespersons for the residents indicated that they appreciated the information presented but it brought them no comfort and they were adamant that nothing would convince them to agree to the Judicial Centre on the proposed site.

Minister George called for a spirit of compromise and openness in treating with the matter and indicated that the Ministry would revisit the residents’ concerns to determine what further adjustments could be made to address them.

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