|Chaguanas wants Performing Arts Centre |
BY VASHTI SINGH Monday, January 11 2016
CHAGUANAS Mayor Gopaul Boodhan is calling for the establishment of a Performing Arts Centre for the busy central borough.
Speaking at the launch of Chaguanas Carnival 2016 at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation on Saturday, Boodhan said Central Trinidad was desperately lacking a venue for the promotion of culture and the arts.
“We could use the areas within the historic Woodford Lodge area for the construction for that centre.
This could be done through private/ public sector participation. I would do everything through my office to ensure that it becomes a reality,” said the Mayor.
Boodhan reiterated that he would like Carnival 2016 to be a family-oriented event where patrons can feel a sense of comfort “Carnival is going to be bigger, brighter and safer. We would ensure tighter security and there would be a children’s play park at the venue located on half-acre of land next to the main venue at Ramsaran Street.” Boodhan said on Carnival Monday there would be the introduction of a new feature for the development of traditional mas.
Head of the Police Central Division, Snr Supt Jason Forde warned that drunk drivers would feel the full brunt of the law should they decide to drink and drive for Carnival.
Forde also assured that the police would be out in full force. “We are going to be flooding the area with mobile and foot patrols. We are also going to be enlisting the services of the Air Support to make sure all citizens of Chaguanas, whether they are partying or looking on, will be safe. We will be having spot-road checks, and we will be challenging suspicious persons and suspicious vehicles.” “We are asking people to drink and have a good time, but do not drive. We will have voluntary testing so you must have a designated driver.” Chaguanas Carnival Committee chairman Ronald Heera also promised full accountability for all the funds entrusted to the committee.