Jan 15, 2016 News
– sends bogus letter to Ministry
The Soesdyke/Te Huis Te Coverden Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) on Wednesday served a notice to former NDC Chairman, Aaron Grant-Stuart, to cease the extension of a building he currently occupies. The building is located on Government reserve.
He constructed this building in 2011. It houses a snackette.
Subsequent to the May 2015 General Elections, he wrote to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure on September 16, 2015, in support of a letter that was written by the Community Policing Group (CPG). The CPG letter was dated the same September 16, 2015, and addressed to the same Ministry, to erect the building.
The letter was allegedly signed by the group Chairman, Cecil Harry.
When contacted yesterday, Harry denied signing or sending any letter. He is accusing Grant-Stuart of forging his signature.
When Grant-Stuart was asked why he would lobby for the construction of a building that was already constructed five years ago, he stated that it was to “regularise” the building.
Therefore, the building stood illegally for five years and still is illegal, since Grant-Stuart was never given the green light to build.
This was confirmed by Grant-Stuart himself who stated that the building to be “regularised” was under consideration by former Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, whose initiative was to promote CPGs.
However, a source close to Grant-Stuart stated that after realising that he would lose the election, he sent the letter to the ministry to “cover his tracks”.
“He (Grant-Stuart) build his shop near the outpost, so it will show like he connected to the outpost…he extending back, front and side, and he pushing out them Taxi boys that work there…” the source revealed.
West of the Guyana Forestry Commission building, located on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway Junction – on the government reserve – there are three one-flat buildings: the Torch Bearers Youth and Young Adults’ Club, the Soesdyke Community Policing Group building and the snackette owned and operated by Grant-Stuart.
Aaron Grant-Stuart became Chairman in 2009 and reportedly lost the internal election in 2015. However, he continued operating his snackette, something he has been doing for the past five years.
After coming under scrutiny by other members of the Council about his business being on the government reserve, he revealed that he was granted Power of Attorney status to occupy the land by the owner, a man he identified to residents as “Jaundoo”.
Grant-Stuart denied this claim completely saying that it was strange, and that Harry would have to explain to him when they meet again, why he made such a claim.
On the question of his snackette on the reserve, Grant-Stuart stated that part of it was built on Jaundoo’s land and part “might” be on the government reserve. However, he stated that would have to be confirmed by a surveyor.
His snackette, he said, was built to facilitate the needs of the CPG and the Youth Club, along with the Car Park, which is located to the west of his building.
Some of the taxi drivers yesterday revealed that Grant-Stuart has been extending his shop regularly, causing their park to reduce in size.
“We does have to park all outside (on the highway)… He overdoing this thing now, man…He chicken does be coming and (defecating) all under our shed and he does be cooking pig food and stinking up the area…All we car does be smelling bad,” one taxi driver stated.
Grant-Stuart said that he was contributing to the taxi drivers’ welfare and the claims made by the men were entirely false.
“That is a lie; I assist them with light…I even built a urinal for them, because they urinate all about the place,” he said.
There were also reports of him living in the Youth Club, which was constructed to assist youths in the area to acquire technical and vocational skills.
“He say how he don’t live there, but I see, everybody see he in he bare boxers coming out the club. He brushing he teeth all outside…He living there; it is nah no club, is he house,” a resident said.
Grant-Stuart also denied this, saying that he is a land proprietor; he has a piece of land with three houses on it. He gave that to his son to live, he said.
“The things they are saying about me is false. I am a land proprietor; I have many lands…They trying to mudsling me…”
He also stated that youths have stopped coming to the club – which is registered with the Ministry of Education – since the change of government. The reason for this, he said, was due to the NDC discontinuing the monthly stipend.
The current Chairman, Leslie Glasgow, said that at the next Council Meeting scheduled for later this month, they will decide on a way forward since there are other businesses located on the reserve in the area.
He pointed out that the stallholders residing on the northern side of the highway, were “pushed back” after a visit from the then Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn.
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