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Woodbrook residents ticketed for littering says: Litter wardens terrorising us

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Woodbrook resident Hyacinth Sealy displays her litter ticket during the Port-of Spain City Corporation’s monthly Statutory Meeting at City Hall yesterday.

Some elderly residents of Woodbrook, who were issued with $500 tickets for littering on Thursday have been told that the only two options available to them were to pay it or contest it.

That was the advice given by public health inspector in the Port-of-Spain City Corporation, Mitra Sooklal, who was invited to a meeting between the upset residents and mayor Joel Martinez at City Hall, Port-of-Spain.

The issue was raised during yesterday’s statutory meeting and Martinez invited the residents to meet with him after it ended.

The residents said they were issued with the tickets while the garbage was placed in sealed bags. They claim the garbage truck was also in the process of picking up the garbage when they were issued the tickets.

But Sooklal said the tickets could have been issued for tree cuttings placed in front the residents’ homes. He said the entire process is being reviewed.

One of the residents, Kingsley Hinkson, 70, said they were being terrorised by the litter wardens.

“They were terrorising the public in Woodbrook,” he added during the conversation with the mayor and other councillors present.

Another resident, Jocelyn Sealy, said the pensioners were not being treated the way they should be treated. She said the way a country treats its elderly was reflective of the country itself.

Another resident, Betty Bedeau-Mc Shine, said she was fed up and the residents would not be paying the tickets.

She said the litter wardens should go to Ariapita Avenue to do their work. She said on weekends she wakes up to endless garbage bottles and doubles in front of her house and along other nearby streets.

“We are just fed up and now you are telling these senior citizens to contest this, you all deal with it, we are not going to be paying this. You all deal with it,” she added.

But Sooklal said nobody was seeking to terrorise the Woodbrook residents. He asked them to comply with the garbage collection requirements. He said the matter was being reviewed.

During the statutory meeting earlier, Martinez gave more details about the planned renaming of Queen Street, Port -of- Spain in honour of T&T’s first Miss Universe Janelle Penny Commissiong, whom he said has agreed to the proposal. The mayor said trees are to be planted and security cameras installed along the street in the coming weeks. He said the street will be maintained in a way befitting the queen.

He also commented on damage done to Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair by those who are putting up an amusement park there. Mayor Martinez said the damage was unfortunate but work had already begun to restore the park to a state of normalcy.


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