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At long last City Hall says it has irrefutable proof of its ownership of the area by the seawall where the Luckhoo swimming pool was constructed, several years ago. A document was circulated to councillors last Monday which shows that the pool is owned by the city council and in keeping with an Act of Parliament in 1993 there was an exchange of portions of land between the National Sports Commission and the council. Although the Act provides for the exchange of the two portions of land, argues City Hall, the exact location and area were not surveyed and defined on a plan.
The Town Clerk has asked the council to approve the necessary cadastral surveys "and to have the transport for, and on behalf of the council, the land upon which the Luckhoo swimming pool is situated..." The transport is to be passed to the National Sports Commission for that portion of Le Repentir situated east of the cemetery to Mandela Avenue and between Princes street and the eastern prolongation of Sussex street.
During his recent visit to China, the development of the area where the swimming pool was once sited was raised and assistance sought from the Chinese. But according to Mayor Green these discussions had to be put on hold because objections were raised by the Guyana government over ownership. The mayor contends that the government had been misinformed.
An angry exchange
The debate at last Monday's statutory meeting on the fiasco involving the city constabulary at the wreath-laying ceremony to begin Critchlow week in the compound of the Public Buildings sparked a heated verbal exchange between two councillors from the Good and Green Guyana, and the People's National Congress Reform... PNC/R.
It all started when the GGG's Patricia Chase-Green after listening to the contributions from the PNC/R's Ranwell Jordan, a former mayor, interjected... "I am in sympathy with councillor Jordan..."
The PNC/R councillor shot back... "I do not need your sympathy ..." and he continued... "if she has a problem with me... we need to address this outside of the chamber..." The argument then centred on the intricacies of the performance of the military while on parade... with councillor Jordan reminding the meeting that for years he led a paramilitary group, not only nationally but also internationally...
When called upon to apologise, councillor Chase-Green refused adding... "if he wants to go outside let's go... just name the time and place..."
This is yet another warning to Mayor Green and his 'hard working' band of city 'fathers' and 'mothers' not forgetting the 'over worked' senior officers of the council. The rains are here... why during the dry season were drains not dug throughout the city... along streets and roadways?
What about repairs to some of the streets in Queenstown especially parts of Laluni street... the trenches are getting deeper and wider...
Thanks for the street lights...