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Court halts billboards’ breakdown

 
 
 
 
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BY CAROL MATROO

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has been barred from demolishing and/or removing billboards belonging to members of the Outdoor Advertising Association.

The association was granted an ex parte injunction yesterday by Justice David Myers in Port-of-Spain Fourth Civil Court.

Billboards belonging to members of the association had been demolished on March 24, 31 and April 1, by the Ministry of Works and Transport, operating under the directive of Robinson-Regis.

The association was also granted leave for judicial review of the action and decisions of the minister, which they alleged were “illegal, unreasonable, disproportionate and arrived at and issued in a procedurally improper manner.”

They also claimed the minister’s action was in breach of their legitimate expectation and/or fundamental human rights.

The association was represented by Nyree Dawn Alfonso, Rishi Dass, Ravi Heffes-Doon and Fyard Hosein, SC.

The matter will come up again on April 13.

The ministry began demolishing billboards after the association failed to remove the signs, despite a 14-day notice to do so.

Robinson-Regis said the billboards did not conform to the law and posed a danger to the public.

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