Smart City applies as party of interest into NBS motion against Minister Bulkan & Town Clerk
As New Building Society seeks to challenge the City’s recently updated parking meter By-laws, Justice Brassington Reynolds today (Monday, February 20, 2017) deferred the matter until March 6, 2017, pending several applications.
“I am thinking with all these moving parts that a good way to go is to consolidate all these applications and bring all these moving parts together in one consolidated application,” Justice Reynolds said.
The High Court Judge today added that “I know there will be a little bit of politics outside of the law involved in this, but we are in the Court of law and I think good sense demands that an attempt be made.”
New Building Society Limited (NBS) thru Attorney at Law, Pauline Chase has applied for Writs of Certiorari and Prohibition against Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan on February 08, 2017, for his approval of the City By-laws that brought the Parking meter project into being, knowing same to be unlawful or without legal effect.
Minister Bulkan was given up to today, February 20, 2017, to show cause why a writ of certiorari should not be issued to quash his approval of the Parking Meter By-Laws made under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:0. Town Clerk, Royston King is also named to be served with a copy of the Order.
Today (Monday, February 20, 2017), Attorney at Law, Stephen Fraser made an oral submission to be added as an interested party on behalf of Smart City Solutions (SCS) into the High Court case.
Acknowledging the application, Justice Reynolds cautioned that the paperwork would have to be done to get SCS to be added in to the matter.
Attorney-at-Law, Pauline Chase who is representing NBS responded by saying, “there more the merrier because our application remains the same.”
She also questioned applications being put forward by Attorney-at-Law, Roger Yearwood who represented Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan and Town Clerk, Royston King.
Mr. Yearwood attempted to file an ex parte application before Justice Reynolds which meant that King will not need to be present at the Court hearings along with the subject Minister. This was challenged by Chase who said she could not concede since she was served with a request for the ex-parte application by the respondents.
Yearwood also attempted to file an application on behalf of the Attorney General and for him to be heard also as “an ex parte application.”
Even as this matter along with another is pending in court against the Parking Meter Project, the M&CC along with SCS have noted that the implementation of the project will recommence today.