A river runs through it… Argyle Airport runway, that is!

Argyle Airport Problems

Yambou River and mud in the middle of Argyle Airport runway

submitted by the SVG Green Party

If anyone tells you that aircraft will land at Argyle in 2015, then that person is lying to you. The middle of the Argyle airport runway is a river and a muddy wasteland. The Argyle airport will take at least four more years, and even then, it will not be a functioning airport.

Since 2006, we have been bombarded with ULP regime nonsense about how the Argyle airport will boost the economy, but the reality is Argyle has been a curse to our country. Throughout SVG, towns, villages and communities have been starved of jobs and money, all for the sake of building Argyle airport for tourists.

From Fancy to Fitzhughes, Union Island and beyond, the needs of Vincentians have been ignored. Hospitals have fallen to ruin, the economy is virtually dead and the country is littered with tombs that once used to be flourishing businesses. The consequence has been high unemployment, high crime, destitution and poverty.
Vincentians have been made to suffer under the economic delusion that tourism and the Argyle Airport will bring prosperity. Well, they will not.

Having an airport does not guarantee prosperity. Barbados has had an international airport since 1938 and tourism for over 60 years, yet Barbados laid-off 3,000 government workers in 2013 and rolled out yet another national poverty alleviation programme a few years previous.

We have been lied to time and again, being told that Argyle airport will be finished in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. One need only look at the muddy mess at Argyle to know that it will not be finished in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019.

The Yambou River is yet to be culverted; there is a mountain of mud in the middle of the runway area; the northern end of the runway is just mud and is being washed away by the sea; and, the cliff at Peruvian Vale village impedes final approach to the runway and will need to be knocked down and cleared away. 

(See more photos taken in December 2014 here).

After that, the runway will need to be compacted properly over a number of years, otherwise it will simply break up under the weight of 400-tonne jumbo jets and 590-tonne Airbus planes.

Over 700 million dollars have been wasted at Argyle and the result has been a muddy disaster. Both the financially incompetent Unity Labour Party and New Democratic Party regimes seem intent on wasting millions of dollars more on Argyle. The SVG economy is at real risk of collapsing, because so much money has been wasted at Argyle.

SVG needs change to save the economy and create thousands of new jobs for our people. It is clear that the mountain of mud at Argyle will not resemble an airport before the year 2020. It is a joke to suggest planes will land at Argyle when the runway has a river running through it.

A Green government will put the needs of Vincentians first, not tourists, and immediately abort the Argyle airport fiasco. It is unfair to make our people wait another four years for jobs and cheaper electricity and water. They have been waiting since 2006 for jobs and prosperity, but the ULP regime has failed them.

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8 responses to “A river runs through it… Argyle Airport runway, that is!

  1. John Hanson 1781-1782- I SERVE 1788- 1792 BARBADOES.

    Any long lies to be Prime Ministers and not listen to those who knows better, Just like the Hotel , water ever where and some one died,
    Well , a sea plane can land,

  2. Eyes on you

    I think this article is riddled with petty innuendos and falsehoods, I also believe that there is a vested interest from the originators of this pseudo news to scaremonger and disrupt what is soon to be a direct competitor to the monopoly Barbados has in these regions with regard to tourism.

    I also believe the contributor from the Greens is lacking in moral scruples and also patriotism for her country. She displayed a very low intellectual capacity to be a spokesperson/leader of a political/activist party. There are many inaccuracies with her statements.
    1. She said that the airport is a muddy mess and a river running through and that it will take another 4 years to complete, without a shred of evidence to support her hypothesis.
    2. She provided a link to some facebook page which they themselves edited and posted, but seeing that the AIA has a dedicated FB page it would be easier to include that as well, so I took the opportunity to provide a link to the alternative site so that people could judge for themselves..: https://www.facebook.com/255896234421808/photos/a.953543887990369.1073741879.255896234421808/953543917990366/?type=3&theater

    3. There is always a monthly video update where they themselves could be enlightened, which could be found here… : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peKhi5j1G6U

    4. The green party seemed to miss the point of the main function of such a party, it is not about tackling tourism nor messy politics but to lobby for a greener safer more environmentally friendly environment. Not once in her flawed remarks did she mentioned concern for the environment, nor indeed put forward a decent argument for how she would tackle it.

    5. She talks of the economy as if we are some world leader in natural resources and a wealth of technology- The fact is SVG is tourist dependant whether we like it or not and anything to be competitive is a good thing for all citizens!! An airport is not only about tourism it is about progress of a people it is about accessibility it is about self determination, and tourism is a byproduct of such! Barbados is a struggling economy not because it has an International airport, it is struggling because the Bajan sold out! He had it too good and did not put into place the mechanism for the forward mobility of its people instead its own people were made to feel an underclass. I have had my fair share of black on black prejudice in Barbados, I was made to wait in a restaurant for over an hour to be served and as soon as a bus load of American tourists turned up they were served immediately even before me at which point I let my feelings be known and left. And of course any Vincentian travelling through Barbados knows how they treat us fellow West Indians.Only recently this very media carried an article about a hotel which had its very own black monkey entertaining tourists! That would never be allowed in SVG, and there lies Barbados’ problems.

    The river which this woman talked about is purposely rerouted and the meticulous preparations are ongoing and is making progress you can’t fill this void overnight it has to be done as not to cause any future problems.

    I say to anyone from SVG who are reading this to see for yourselves and not be told- There are open days and of course visit for yourselves and most of all think twice before supporting the greens they have failed spectacularly on a rather mediocre piece of pseudo journalism without once giving the general public a reason to want to vote for them- Any party or person who runs off to a foreign entity to defile and attempt to humiliate their country’s leader or citizens does not deserve to be voted for or supported ….

  3. Anonymous

    I was born at Argyle 65years ago.It was a small community of 6 families.Later we had the privilege of Col Anderson the then Chief of police joining us.My father had lands at Mt Pleasant which he left for his 6 children,this was taken by the government and we are still awaiting payment.
    Yes there is a river that runs through the airport.It is called JONJO,it’s meaning is an ULcer that does not heal.I was shocked and amazed when I visited the area in 2009 and saw that this river was covered over by dirt and proper drainage was not in place.
    All those involved in surveying,building etc is ignorant to the fact that in 1969 Jonjo flooded overnight taking every living creature in sight into the sea.eg Cattle,donkey sheep,goat,dogs,pigs etc.
    Jonjo is similar to a volcano.It erupts with very little or no warning at all.
    These intelligent builders and surveyors should have ask the people they look down on about the history of Argyle Mt.Pleasant.
    Planes cannot land on that area if the drainage is poor.Even if you put down a runway.I have also notice all the small gutters are all blocked up.Please ask us about the flooding we have experienced in this area when we were growing up.
    It is just an accident waiting to happen.I do wish all Good Luck.

  4. Anonymous

    Final nail in Buccament Bay Resort`s coffin..they were banking on the International Airport opening in 2015….not going to happen.

  5. Bob Ames

    Get Ames to publicly lie about it, and bob storey to continue his
    Stupid old mans rants !

  6. Interested island visitor

    I have watched the YouTube video and although there seems to have been a lot of work done and going on I can’t see it being operational by May this year.They are certainly putting in culverts at the river.If I was a green I would be more concerned at the devastation of such a huge chunk of this lovely island.The demolishing of a whole mountain and I only hope if there were Petroglyphs there they have been saved and put in a museum.I would also hope that a great deal has been done to upgrade the roads,Kingstown,The transport system and the accommodation available other than at BB and also your tourist attractions and medical facilities.If the majority of tourists are for BB the islanders will not benefit as apart from the few who work there,these visitors will not be spending money on the island as everything is provided at the resort.I wonder also how many of the men working on the airport are Vincetians I hope the new twenty they have just employed all were.I would so hope that it is finished that it proves to be safe and it brings the prosperity the island so much needs.

  7. back at you

    @Eyes on you
    January 23, 2015 at 9:16 am
    Barbados is a struggling economy not because it has an International airport, it is struggling because the Bajan sold out! He had it too good and did not put into place the mechanism for the forward mobility of its people instead its own people were made to feel an underclass. I have had my fair share of black on black prejudice in Barbados, I was made to wait in a restaurant for over an hour to be served and as soon as a bus load of American tourists turned up they were served immediately even before me at which point I let my feelings be known and left. And of course any Vincentian travelling through Barbados knows how they treat us fellow West Indians.Only recently this very media carried an article about a hotel which had its very own black monkey entertaining tourists! That would never be allowed in SVG, and there lies Barbados’ problems
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    How Barbados get in this missive about St. Vincent airport. The blogger who one believes is a Vincentian attacks the airport and your PM across the web. I’ve seen letters from this person or persons on other sites attacking the building of svg international airport. What one would like to see disallowed in St. Vincent is the widespread growing of ganja which is then ferried to Barbados to destroy our youth and communities. The amount of resources Barbados expends chasing, catching and jailing Vincentian drug runners is scandalous. St. Vincent should do more to stop illegal drugs being exported from there. Its said the biggest foreign exchange earner in svg is ganja. Who benefits from that? Take the mote out of your eye first before you start lying on others.

  8. Anonymous

    We have a property in Mt. Pleasant, Argyle, and we have recently returned from there. We had a tour of the new airport site and the buildings infrastructure that will support the services there, we were astonished to witness how rapidly and professionally the work has been undertaken and the continuous dedication of the workers, many of whom are working night shifts so as to speed up the progress. The project is being supported by a Government that is willing and able to see this project through. We the travelling public eagerly await the time when the airport will become operational God knows we have suffered enough in Barbados, when attempting to reach our shores in a reasonable time. Not only will the travelling public benefit, but we also look forward to the employment opportunities for Vincentians. This will open us to the world, it is therefore vital that we all contribute to the success this project is set to bring, we need to look at ourselves as a nation and to have a view of how the wider world will see us, we want to be seen as a progressive, open and transparent community, who have a sense of pride for our nation, who are able to observe differences, but to respect and be willing to work together even with differences. One of the most important issue is a willingness to listen and learn, We wish SVG as a nation, and the Argyle International Airport every success and God’s speed.