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Barbados Free Press Readers Say The Time Is Now
BFP reader Greengage penned the following…
Arthur’s turning down Matthew Kerins “Caribbean Splash” application (for a water fun park on ABC Highway) just before he was kicked out was wonderful news for those 7,000 of us who signed the petition against it. It could well be that O$A knew what would come to light in his dealings with Kerins if he was not reelected.
It really had seemed that Arthur was determined to honour his cozy deal with Kerins despite the public outcry against it. On Brass Tacks the PM bluntly stated in respect to “Caribbean Splash”that he alone would determine what was best for the nation! This in the face of Town Hall meetings unanimous in opposition to it.
The Friends of Graeme Hall developed the concept of a national park which would incorporate the lands occupied by Ministry of Agriculture, supplemented by Graeme Hall Swamp. Government never responded to this initiative so far as we have been told.
Peter Allard then came forward with a very generous proposal to donate the major part of his Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary to the nation if Government were to create a national park in the remaining area, which is the last remaining major tract of green open land in the Greater Bridgetown area.
No government official ever acknowledged Allard’s offer, or commented on it, such was the apparent animosity existing between Arthur and Allard.
It seemed as if the politicians must have had plans of their own for the land, including development for residence, commercialisation or tourist oriented use such as hotels. The land was taken away from Min of Agriculture and vested in a separate government-owned company so that the politicians could do as they please.
Faced with such egregious insolence and ingratitude it was not surprising that Mr Allard decided he had had enough of Barbados, and put the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary up for sale on the international market. So far as we know there have been no takers. Perhaps the door is still open to us, now that we have a new Government with a better idea of what is good for the country, judging by Greenland?
It therefore appears timely to revive this whole issue before it too late. The Friends of Graeme Hall committee should reaffirm the strong reasons for this venture which will give Barbados a national park with many peripheral activities readily accessible to the people of Greater Bridgetown- the bulk of the population.
There is another national park initiative around Codrington Nursery, but this would be costly, involving the acquisition of private lands. The beauty of the Graeme Hall location is that it already belongs to the nation, and the donation of the Nature Sanctuary would be a tremendous plus.
We must all endorse this great concept before further enthusiasm for it is lost.
Selected articles from Barbados Free Press…
July 31, 2007 – Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary Almost Financially Self-Supporting
June 12, 2007 – BREAKING NEWS: Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary Up For Sale !
November 16, 2006 – Barbados Government: Total Silence On Graeme Hall National Park Proposal
October 16, 2006 – Graeme Hall National Park – “An Oasis In A Concrete Urban Jungle”