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Digicel defends cell structure at Petit Bourg
Trinidad Created: 10 Jan 2007
Digicel defends cell structure at Petit Bourg
Mobile phone service provider Digicel defended the legality of a cellular structure at Jerningham Street, Petit Bourg, yesterday although Government has given the company seven working days to remove it.
The company said in a statement yesterday the temporary cellular structure or COW is legal and noted that the Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 35:01) provides for temporary movable structures to be erected without requiring planning permission.
Digicel said that the COW was a temporary structure and they had received a non-objection certificate from the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in respect of the site.
A representative from TATT said yesterday that the non-objection certificate was granted on November 7. He said that TATT's role is to ensure that there were not too many cell towers within a given radius and that if there were two towers within 400 metresof each other, they encouraged co-location. He said the nearest tower to the site was 831 metres away and the certificate was therefore granted.
He noted, however, that Town and Country Planning Division had the final say. Digicel said that they deployed the temporary COW to alleviate the problem of blocked calls in the area and the risk to public safety from the inability to place calls.
The company added that they have had an application for a permanent structure in respect of that site pending for four months with the Ministry of Planning and Development.
Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis had stated that Digicel had seven working days to remove the cellular structure at the site because it had not been approved by the Town and Country Planning Division.
She had noted that the ministry would remove it if Digicel failed to comply.
On Saturday residents in the area also held a protest against the site.
Julien Neaves jneaves@trinidadexpress.com
Wednesday, January 3rd 2007

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