M&CC continues campaign against illegal structures
As the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) continues its campaign to eradicate illegal structures from the parapets of Government reserve areas, yesterday, a group of M&CC officials led by Assistant Superintendent Gordon Langevine and Chief City Engineer (ag) Lloyd Alleyne, turned up at the old Kitty Abattoir to remove all vehicles located on and in front of the M&CC property.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene, a front-end loader was seen removing a vehicle that was parked at the entrance of the old abattoir while City Council officials were stationed at different locations.
According to Alleyne, there were reports that a lot of illegal activities are taking place at the compound which once housed the old abattoir. The City Engineer instructed that the location be cleared and all “scrap iron and other materials” that were being stored in the compound, be removed.
He explained that the council has already visited the Queenstown and Lacytown areas to execute their duties as it relates to the on-going campaign and the M&CC will be targeting the Sandy’s Funeral Parlour area where a large number of vehicles are parked for long durations and some even neglected.
Alleyne stated, “We have to clear the council’s parapets and the reserves of all illegal structures.”
A disgruntled Andika Ferrier and his brother told this newspaper that they “overlook” the property and for almost 20 years, the Blind Association was stationed there.
Andika explained that his father “looks after the place” and that the issue is currently in the Court because an injunction was filed. As far as he knows “there is suppose to be a standstill in this”. He said that “no-one who runs the place got any form of notice about any of this”.
He also stated that a member of the association, who pays monthly dues, would bring some vehicles into the compound from time to time, to either repair or have parts replaced.
He did not see “any problem” with allowing the gentleman to conduct some mechanic work on the vehicles especially since most of the vehicles being repaired belonged to Ministries.
Andika said, “I don’t know if Council trying to sell this place behind our backs”.
Kaieteur News understands that notices were sent to the relevant individuals concerning the matter and that the Council was not aware for a long period that the Abattoir was not being used by the Guyana Blind Association anymore.
As soon as Council became aware of the situation, it decided to take immediate action.