Gov't bodies clamp down on illegal operations

Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0

THE TOWN and Country Planning Authority and the Natural Resources & Conservation Authority (NRCA) through National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) have been granted respective interim injunctions against a proprietor and his agent who were illegally operating a beach in St Catherine, and the operators of a day care and early childhood institution in Kingston.

The first interim injunction was granted by the Supreme Court on November 19 against the operators of the Kidz Kastle Nursery and Learning Centre, who were illegally operating a day care and early-childhood centre on Pawsey Road in Kingston 5.

The second interim injunction was granted on November 22 against the operators of the Waves Beach in Hellshire, St Catherine, who were operating contrary to the Beach Control Act.

Robert Collie, director of Legal Services and Enforcement, NEPA, said the injunctions signal to the public that the agency will be using the courts to force persons to comply with the law.

"This was an opportunity for the agency to use other tools for enforcement of the laws. This, combined with the recently passed Development Orders for the parishes of Manchester, Trelawny, Negril, and Green Island and the soon-to-be-promulgated Kingston and St Andrew Order, will provide an opportunity for us to ensure protection of the environment, orderly development in the society and increased compliance with our laws," he said.

In the case against Waves Beach operators, Lennox Miller and the proprietor, Horace Edward, Collie said it was the first time, as far as he was aware, that the NRCA, was filing an application under the Beach Control Act to stop an illegal development since the major amendments made to that Act in 2004.

"It is a tool that the agency will be using going forward to protect the environment and the public's interest," said Collie.

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