Will Barbados develop the last dune wetlands on the South Coast?
Barbados Environmental Protection Department
To: Chief Town Planner
July 28, 2008
Subject: Re: Environmental Impact Study for application #2656/08/2006E- Outline Proposal for an Environmental Estate to include Residential, Commercial, (Hotel, Restaurant, Retail, Office), Long Beach, Christ Church
In response to the above-captioned requested dated 2008-05-13, please be advised that the proposed development must be carefully considered as it will be impact on on the only remaining dune system on the south coast. This coastal ecosystem has significant wetlands along with historical importance and as such, significant deliberation must be undertaken to determine the potential impact of the development on the landscape, flora and fauna through the structural development and also through the introduction of the proposed breakwater and artificial wetlands. Due to the sensitivity of this area and its uniqueness as an aquatic habitat, development with such a large footprint and the potential for significant disturbance is discouraged…
… excerpts from an official letter posted at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary – Long Beach Resources.
Bajans can now read the Environmental Impact Assessment Report – No thanks to the Government
The folks at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary have posted online scans of portions of the Environmental Impact Assessment report for the proposed Long Beach hotel, residential and commercial development.
The scans have been appearing piece-meal on the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary website, which indicates to us that they are not being obtained in a – how you say? – “official” manner.
A huge question is: Why should Barbados citizens be denied access to the environmental studies about the proposed Long Beach development? Why should we have to get the truth and official documents from an unofficial source?
‘An don’t give me no garbage that there are a couple of paper copies at the library and a school!
This doesn’t pass the smell test. This stinks like Auntie Moses’ suck-well in August. (Sorry Auntie, but it’s the truth!) 🙂
Something stinks about the relationship between the developers and the David Thompson DLP Government.
If it doesn’t stink, why doesn’t the government post all the documents online?
My friends: you have a duty to yourselves and to your children…
Read what the Barbados Environmental Protection Department says about the Long Beach development. They are highly critical of the plan and of the ability of the developers to maintain environmental standards in the long term.
Next in this series: Citizens mobilize – the movement to stop the destruction of the Chancery Lane Wetlands.