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Several residents of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara yesterday gathered at the area’s Community Centre Ground, to protest the construction of a transmitting tower on the ground.The residents, most of whom were mothers, said that they are in complete disagreement with the chosen location for the tower not only because the radiation threat that it poses, but also because the recreational activities of both the seniors and youngsters, who utilize the compound,Brett Favre Falcons Jersey UK, will be drastically affected.Some of the protestors outside of the Plaisance Community Centre Ground.“Look how close they want to build this thing; it giving off radiation, which is a dangerous thing. Where people will play? This shows that we are being disregarded. We have our rights as people of Plaisance,” one man said.According to the villagers, ever since Pradoville 2, which is separated from the Community Centre Ground by just a fence,Cheap Jerseys Store, has been developed, activities there have been tremendously reduced.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo and many senior government functionaries have residences in Pradoville 2“They say we are disturbing them…now they want to take away the field completely,”one resident said.The proposed tower is being pushed for as part of the E-governance programme, one that will facilitate the linking of government’s fibre-optic cable that has been laid from Lethem to Linden,Nike Air Max Shoes Sale, to the coastline,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, to enable internet access.The construction of the tower is being done by a Chinese contracting firm named Huawei, in collaboration with local subcontractors, and the blessing of the government of Guyana.It will be one of 54 towers that will be erected in densely populated areas along the coast.“This is not fair. We won’t tolerate this. We have all our functions here. This Plaisance Community Centre Ground is a part of our life as a community,China Jerseys Cheap,” one female protester said. She added that it is not a case where the location was chosen because it is not being utilised, since the ground attracts youngsters on a daily basis.“Dem li’l boys does deh playing their sports almost every day. And you see on Sundays and so, even fathers come out here with their children. Many centre grounds don’t get that, but we do, and that is an indication that we utilising this place effectively, so we are not going to give it up easily.”In addition to the sporting activities, the ground also facilitates family reunions and senior citizen meetings.Following the reaction of some very angry residents on Sunday last, work on the project was halted, as the contractor packed up and left. Some of the materials like the huge wooden poles were as of yesterday,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, scattered on the playfield. There is also a huge hole left from where the foundation was being laid a few feet away from the actual building.The users of the facility are angered by the fact that those spearheading the project did not see the need to have proper consultations with them, the stakeholders. This was followed by accusations of contemptuousness on behalf of the government towards the community.The residents have vowed to ensure that their only place of recreation is not taken away by an administration that has already “stolen their land” to establish the “Pradoville 2” housing scheme, and granted a huge chunk of their cemetery to a private investor.The cause of these persons is being supported by prominent A Partnership for National Unity strategist, former Member of Parliament, Aubrey Norton. He said that since the acquisition of the land to construct Pradoville 2, it was evident that the administration, (under former President, Bharrat Jagdeo) intended to set up an empire aback of the community without regards for the people of Plaisance.The Government had initially removed the existing Guyana Broadcasting Corporation tower at Sparendaam, and placed it at La Parfaite Harmonie.This has left the residents of Plaisance with the opinion that the area is there to facilitate the building of mansions for close associates of the administration.
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