Pres­sure group ready to re­turn to streets over plan to pro­ceed with ‘cor­rupt’ park­ing...

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

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Fer­reira was man­dated to re­view the con­tract, con­sult with all stake­hold­ers and rec­om­mend pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to any im­passe that may arise from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the me­tered park­ing project.

The team was specif­i­cally tasked with ad­dress­ing five ar­eas of con­cern iden­ti­fied by Central Gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the un­equal terms of the con­tract; the bur­den­some fees; the high penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance; and the in­clu­sion of gazetted pub­lic roads and cer­tain ar­eas around schools and hos­pi­tals.

After three months of stake­holder en­gage­ments, the com­mit­tee submitted its re­port on Au­gust 2. In that re­port, it noted that though SCS was asked to pro­vide proof of its stated mil­lions in in­vest­ments, it re­fused to do so.

The com­pany also re­fused to share with the com­mit­tee its fea­si­bil­ity study and busi­ness pro­posal un­less its mem­bers agreed to sign a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment.

How­ever, the re­port says “given the pub­lic na­ture of the park­ing me­ter fi­asco the com­mit­tee found it nec­es­sary to re­ject the idea of sign­ing a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment or to be bound by se­crecy.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, dur­ing its three months of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the com­mit­tee noted that con­ces­sion­aire SCS had vastly in­flated es­ti­mates of its cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.

De­spite th­ese find­ings, the 13 coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Vice Chair­man of the com­mit­tee Noelle Chow-Chee, ar­gued that the city must work with SCS to im­prove the con­tract rather than re­voke it. Their vote means that the city will have to re­quest a fur­ther sus­pen­sion of the me­tered park­ing by laws.

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