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