Penville Residents Protest Against Construction Of Basketball Court
On the morning of Sunday February 16th 2014, numerous residents of Penville came out to show their disapproval, for the location selected for the construction of a basketball court in their community.
The residents say that the location for the Court is unacceptable, as the Government wants to erect it in the middle of their only playing field, which is also used for rounders and cricket.
Mr. Clem Leblanc who is a resident of the community and utilizes the playing field on a daily basis says, at 8:00 am he received a call stating that, there was a bob cat excavator digging the field so he went to investigate.
He said the only reason football is not played on the field is the fact that, they do not have a football team, but the other sports are just as important.
Mr. Leblanc noted, the villagers who witnessed the bobcat operator digging a trench for the basketball court, prevented him from continuing, as they obstructed the working area and re-covered the trench with dirt.
Reports are that, there were meetings held with the villagers by the Government, where President of the Dominica Cricket Association, Mr. Emmanuel Nanthan, who represented the Prime Minister discussed with them the idea for the basketball court which, they agreed with.
However Mr. Leblanc stated he was only aware of one meeting, which was over by the time he came home from work, so he is unaware of what was discussed.
He noted, the residents are not opposing the construction of the basketball court, however the location they selected for it is not suitable.
Mr. Leblanc is suggesting that, a back wall be constructed to expand the playing field, to make room for the basketball court.
He added, Penville does not have a basketball team so there is no need for a basketball court to be forced upon the people in a location that is unsuitable.
However, Mr. Fernix Thomas, a villager of Penville, who is also a cricket coach said, there were three meetings held by the Government with the Village Council and the majority agreed for the construction of the basketball court.
He added, the incident that took place on Sunday, was the work of a handful of people who opposed the plan.
Efforts to contact Mr. Emmanuel Nanthan for comment proved futile, as it was reported that he is out of state.