DCA orders St. Peter MP to remove a number of billboards; constituent asks if ALP fears competition

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for St. Peter has been issued with a stop order by the Development Control Authority (DCA) and instructed to remove the billboards  he has been erecting in the constituency.

The enforcement notice has been stapled to the billboards, and if the MP fails to remove the structures, they will be broken down.

Two gigantic billboards, about 16 plywood-sheets strong, have been erected at Parham Corner; however, no posters have been placed on them as yet.

One of the structures is directly in line with another signboard, painted bright red, that belongs to the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) candidate, Rawdon Turner, and which has not attracted any stop order.

Yet another humongous billboard has been erected in the vicinity of the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, and this, too, has attracted a DCA stop order.

A fourth billboard in Parham, in the vicinity of the basketball court, has been ordered down, in addition  to some in Pares Village.

The latter are just the bare frames, but have to be removed, as demanded by the DCA.

One of these billboards was blocking a smaller structure that features a poster of Turner.

There is a seventh billboard in the vicinity of the Transport Board which has been tagged for removal, as well.

Some people are describing the situation as an apparent billboard war among former comrades.

Meanwhile, a St. Peter resident who says she does not support Michael is, nevertheless, taking his side in these circumstances.

“It’s over a year now that Turner alone put up  billboards all over the constituency, and it wasn’t even election season. And it’s years now that the Prime Minister and his family put up Christmas posters across the whole country.  All in July,  Christmas still ah go on!!

“What happen now: They afraid of the competition?” the young woman asks.

It is unclear whether MP Michael received permission from the DCA before erecting his billboards.

But other media outlets report that he sought permission for 66 billboards and was granted approval for 15.

Some of the billboards put up at strategic locations by the Antigua Labour Party have fallen over already, reportedly due to  poor construction and  strong winds.

SOURCE: REAL News

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9 COMMENTS

  1. DCA’s lack of integrity and political stooging his legendary , though view with contempt by those who cannot get squatters off their property despite showing their legal Authority, resulting in expensive and never ending legal action that should not be necessary.

    Do your real jobs and stop kissing politicians behinds to keep your job

    • @Elizabeth -T…. Since when it’s DCA’s responsibility to remove people from your private property? DCA has absolutely no authority to get involved in a squabble between you and a squatter. That is a CIVIL matter that YOU need to take to Court. Don’t pin your responsibility on DCA. Further, where were you when the person started squatting on your property? You own property and do not think it’s your responsibility to check on it ocassionally?

  2. That is good to know, because at the last General Election I had a ABLP billboard placed on a post on the edge of my land (strangely, I thought it was illegal to remove it).

    Let them try it again this time?!

  3. Asot, no tek um dung! Carrying dem a court and let matter come before a Judge and let the court decide whether or not you are being disenfranchised. The RED billboard is as big or bigger dan fu u. Me no you FRAID dem. Stand your ground.

  4. It’s funny how much people have to say, criticizing the DCA, without having any knowledge of Antigua’s development legislation, as well as the nature of the enforcement notices that were served on these billboards. Then these are the same people who want the DCA to act instantly against their neighbors, cousins and ex boyfriends when they feel as though there is some sort of construction violation that affects them personally. If all party’s decide to illegally erect 66 billboards, in every constituency, and the DCA do nothing, as suggested, what will these same people have to say then? Just like the house you live in, the building you work in, and the facilities you utilize on a daily, billboards also require planning permission from the DCA. When in doubt, call the DCA for relevant guidance and development information.

  5. Meanwhile granny can’t bathe. Crime up, food up, mental illness up, gas prices up, electricity acting up, desperation up, etc.etc.etc . What a wonderful world we live in.

    • Rita, your granny can more than bathe. She can rinse her false teeth and water her sweet potatoes too. Wah really bothering granny a de DISRESPECT and PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA meted out to her and others by the UPP MP who called her a RAG-TAG 😔

      And fu see de smaddy a wan parson pickney with an old mother too.

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