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NEPA says it did not approve airport road party venue

Published:Tuesday | January 2, 2018 | 2:23 PM

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) Peter Knight has disclosed that the area on the Palisadoes strip in Kingston where the Sandz party was held last evening was not approved as an entertainment zone.

Knight told The Gleaner a short while ago that NEPA gave approval to the Ministry of Entertainment, Sports Culture and Gender Affairs for an entertainment zone to be established at Port Rocky, several kilometres away from where the party was being held. 

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"The approval that the Town and Country Planning Authority gave to the ministry clearly specify the condition. That area where the party was being held was not the area that was approved by NEPA," Knight said.

Traffic build up on the Palisadoes strip, the gateway to the Norman Manley International Airport, resulted in multiple flight delays as airline crew members and would-be passengers were caught up in what the police commissioner has described as  an embarrassment.

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National Security Minister Robert Montague has ordered a probe into the matter and expects a report by 5 o'clock this afternoon.

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