TPL land dispute…
Judge stops grant of vending licences for site

Guyana Chronicle
November 12, 2002

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THE order nisi recently granted to prevent Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green from issuing licences for street vendors to sell on Toolsie Persaud Limited (TPL) land in Water Street was yesterday made absolute by Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes.

But the judge gave Transport and Hydraulics Minister Anthony Xavier leave to file an affidavit in answer to the summons which called on him to show cause why orders of certiorari and prohibition should not be sent out, prohibiting him from granting or allocating spots to the sellers.

Further hearing in the matter has now been adjourned to December 9.

The restraint issued on October 28 was on an application by TPL, which is challenging the acquisition of the property for public purposes without adequate compensation.

The edict commanded Green to show why he should not be prohibited from giving permission for any commercial activities at the site, on the ground that it would be unlawful, unconstitutional, arbitrary, capricious, irrational, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.

The prolonged litigation has affected plans by Government and City Hall to relocate the sellers off the Water Street pavement onto the lots owned by TPL.

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